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Release of vulnerable people from immigration detention is often medically unsafe and chaotic, says charity

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: (Published 04 March 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o583
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Vulnerable people released from immigration detention in the UK are too often left without crucial continuity of care, leading to quickly deteriorating health, concludes a report.

The report comes from Medical Justice, a charity that sends independent volunteer clinicians into immigration removal centres across the UK to offer medical advice and assessments to immigration detainees.1

The charity said that between 1 October 2020 and 30 September 2021 a total of 21 362 people were detained in UK immigration centres and 17 283 were released into the community, having been granted bail or leave to enter the UK or remain. Of these, 2239 were considered to be “adults at risk.”

New research contained in the report was based on a …

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