Helping detainees in need of medical assistance

Cancelled Hospital Appointments

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

RT missed three external cardiologist appointments to investigate uncontrolled hypertension at different IRCs over a four-month period. Following a complaint, UKBA accepted that RT should have been put on “medical hold” and not transferred from IRC to IRC.

The detainee won compensation in a case brought for unlawful detention – partly based on RT’s unfitness for detention as a result of ill-health.


AB had a stroke and was referred to the local hospital for rehabilitation and physiotherapy. Because of transport and escort problems, AB missed many appointments. The Head Physiotherapist made a complaint to healthcare in the IRC that the patient had to be discharged because his attendance was so poor that appropriate care and treatment could not be provided.