Helping detainees in need of medical assistance

Medical Justice: Working for Health Rights for Detainees.

Medical Justice offers essential medical help to the most powerless in society. About 30,000 people a year are held in indeterminate immigration detention in the UK. Many detainees have suffered torture or ill treatment, have significant and chronic health problems, and a few may be pregnant, or have been detained for prolonged periods of time without any prospect of release or removal. Being detained indefinitely itself causes serious health problems. Many independent reports and legal judgements provide evidence of the inadequate healthcare provided in detention centres, especially for those with mental health problems.

Clinicians volunteering for Medical Justice document detainees’ scars of torture to assist in their asylum claims and challenge medical mistreatment of those held in detention. These cases provide the evidence for research, publications and campaigns for lasting improvements for detainees.

Medical Justice is a tiny organisation, but we are effective thanks to the courage and generosity of our volunteers, clinicians, interpreters and ex-detainees – and thanks to partnerships with colleagues in other organisations in this field.

What We Do


Events and Training

Medical Justice basics training day - Saturday 16th September 10.30am - 5pm

Our next advanced training day for clinicians interested in volunteering with Medical Justice will be on Saturday 16th September 2017.

Venue : TBA (Central London)

Our training is for medics who are interested in volunteering for Medical Justice as medico-legal report writers, visiting detainees in detention centres, assessing their health and documenting evidence of torture or trauma and other health issues.

The aim of this course is to gain an understanding of the health and legal needs of asylum seekers and other immigration detainees. Whilst the focus is on persons detained, the skills learnt can be used in other work with asylum seekers and refugees, as well as medico-legal report writing.

The training covers the relevant legal processes, assessing scarring and mental health and report writing skills.

Participants will have a basic understanding and experience of the needs of immigration detainees and/or care of asylum seekers in the community and will be doctors (from ST3 or equivalent experience onwards), nurses, midwives and psychologists.

Medical Justice is a small charity that sends volunteer doctors (and other health professionals) into the UK’s 11 IRCs to visit men, women and children detained arbitrarily and indefinitely. We assist about 1,000 detainees a year, most of whom are asylum seekers, and most are later released. Our volunteer doctors write medico-legal reports (MLRs) documenting scars of torture and challenge instances of inadequate healthcare provision, including denial of medication and access to hospital. We are the only organisation in the UK that does this. Our training is therefore unique and provided by recognised experts in the field.

Training Timetable June 2016

Participation Fees

On request, fees are reimbursed after the doctor has written an MLR for a Medical Justice referral

£120 - Consultant/GP
£80 - Trainee doctors (ST3 onwards), nurses, midwives and psychologists
Free - Medical Justice volunteer (carried out one detention visit in last 6 months)

Note: please tell us if you would have difficulties paying a fee - we can help.

Payment

You can pay by electronic transfer to us at CAF Bank, Sort-code 4-0-52-40, Account Number 00021167 or by posting a cheque made payable to 'Medical Justice Network Ltd' to Medical Justice, 86 Durham Road, London N7 7DT.

Registration Information Needed

Please email info@medicaljustice.org.uk with the following information to register and book your place:

Name
Current employment (post and employer)
Address
Post-code
Mobile no.
Email address
Any dietary requirements or special needs

 

"I cannot imagine a life in detention. There was no hope. Nobody listened to me. I didn't have a voice. I was in such a deep hole. To see someone come to you when you are locked up...Somebody came out of the blue. They reached out to me when I least expected it. When the doctor came to see me that day, it was a turning point in my life."

(Ms AK, ex-detainee)