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Recent News

Chief Inspector casts aspersions on the Adults at Risk policy
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

The first annual audit report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) into the operation of the Home Office’s Adults at Risk policy was recently published.
The Chief Inspector made a catalogue of criticisms.  We feel these were a polite way of saying the policy is a mess.


Detainees with mental health issues held in segregation for 2+ weeks then sent to either prison or hospital
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) report on Heathrow IRCs was published 21st April 2020.  Extracts include the below :


Detained father with 3 year old cut his own wrist – hospitalised then released
Thursday, May 14th, 2020

This week the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) released its annual report on the Pre-Departure Accommodation (PDA) detention facility at Gatwick.


13 of the 15 families detained were later released, questioning why they were detained in the first place.


The father of a three year old cut his own wrist with a broken glass and was hospitalized before the family was released.



13th May 2020: The Brook House Immigration Removal Centre Public Inquiry
Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

From the Brook House Inquiry : “The Brook House Inquiry is investigating the decisions, actions and circumstances surrounding the mistreatment of detainees in Brook House from 1 April 2017 to 31 August 2017 as depicted  in the BBC Panorama programme ‘Under-Cover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets’ broadcast on 4 September 2017 (watch here) to understand what happened and make recommendations that prevent anything like it from happening again.


We launched our call for evidence on 21st April 2020 with a public statement from Chair Kate Eves, (watch here) and are working hard to reach anyone with information relevant to the Inquiry’s terms of reference.


11th May 2020: Medical Justice calls for release of all detainees
Monday, May 11th, 2020

Emma Ginn of Medical Justice speaks to Jon Ironmonger of BBC Look East and calls for the Home Office to release all remaining detainees

“They have already realeased hundreds of people, they have shown that’s possible, they should get on and release the rest.”

A detainee recently released from Brook House Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) says people who have been granted bail are being kept in centres and a detainee currently in Yarl’s Wood IRC speaks about the stress and confusion she and others are experiencing.

Content warning : use of force scene

07/05/2020 | BBC

30th April 2020: Home Office progress to protect vulnerable people in removal centres ‘too slow’, says immigration watchdog
Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Chief Inspector David Bolt says he is ‘disappointed’ at ministers’ lack of action to improve controversial policy

May Bulman
Social Affairs Correspondent


29th April 2020: MJ’s Response To Independent Chief Inspector’s Audit On Home Office’s Adults At Risk policy
Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

Medical Justice statement on today’s (29th April 2020) publication of the Independent Chief Inspector’s audit report on the Home Office’s Adults at Risk policy and the government’s response.


10th April 2020: Second confirmed COVID-19 case in immigration detention – tragedy could be avoided if all release detainees
Saturday, April 11th, 2020

Medical Justice statement 10th April 2020


26th March 2020: Joint Letter to Home Office Regarding COVID-19 Response
Thursday, March 26th, 2020

Medical Justice, BID and ILPA have written today to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office to express concern about the Home Office’s response to COVID-19 in relation to immigration detainees, including ;


25th March 2020: Home Affairs Committee Inquiry
Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Home Affairs Committee Inquiry into Home Office preparedness for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Written Evidence submitted by Medical Justice

25 March 2020

An immigration detainee has already tested positve for COVID-19 at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre (IRC). IRCs are high risk for clusters of COVID-19, and staff provide a conduit for infection to and from the community.

The response to COVID-19 within IRCs has already been problematic. It is widely acknowledged that even at the best of times, healthcare in IRCs is entirely inadequate and that detention can exacerbate existing medical conditions.

Many detainees are especially vulnerable due to their co-existing physical illnesses.

Click here to see the written evidence submitted by Medical Justice