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Medical Justice gives oral evidence to the Home Affairs Committee on handling of Covid-19 in IRCs

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

 

On Tuesday the 3rd of February Theresa Schleicher of Medical Justice gave oral evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee – “How is the Home Office managing IRCs and asylum accommodation during Covid-19?”

“Since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, we have highlighted the particular risks to physical and mental health that Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs) present during a pandemic – both to those who are detained, to staff and to the wider community. As detention has continued to be used throughout the pandemic, there have been Covid-19 outbreaks in IRCs and detainees have had to self-isolate or be isolated due to the risks from Covid-19 while in detention.”

 

Scroll down to view clips from the committee session and follow the link to download the full sumbission from Medical Justice.

 

 

Download the Medical Justice submission here

 

Theresa Schleicher of Medical Justice answers questions from Rt Hon Yvette Cooper (MP) and Laura Farris (MP) of the Home Affairs Committee

 

Theresa Schleicher of Medical Justice answers questions from Andrew Gwynne (MP) of the Home Affairs Committee

 

Full transcript available here*

 

* The panel featuring Theresa begins on page 24