Detained & Denied: The clinical care of immigration detainees living with HIV

I was scared that I was going to die in Yarl’s Wood when they refused to give my medication. It was as if they were turning off my life support machine. The way they treated me was inhuman. I felt as if I was a criminal. I was traumatised for a long time after my release.

I welcome this new report by Medical Justice and hope that it will be widely read and that UKBA will act on the recommendations. The research highlights the way people like me are not treated like human beings in detention.

As well as being HIV positive I’m an insulin-dependent diabetic and need to eat regularly. I was released from detention after four days. I felt very weak because I had had very little food and no medication during my detention. Interrupting my HIV medication had consequences for my health. 

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Department of Health response to the consultation on foreign nationals access to the NHS

Dear all

The Department of Health has now responded to the consultation on access of foreign nationals to the NHS.  On the positive side the Government proposes to make some changes:

* Exempt refused asylum seekers on S95 or S4 and unaccompanied children from charges for secondary healthcare
* Ensure those that have started free treatment will continue it even if their status changes and they become eligible for charging Continue reading “Department of Health response to the consultation on foreign nationals access to the NHS”

Pre-departure agreement between agreement between UKBA and Children’s charity Barnado

Dear Friends,

Please find below links to a recent piece by Frances Webber on the agreement between the UKBA and Children’s charity Barnado’s to work together in the proposed new ‘pre-departure accommodation’.

The second link is a related article by Sir Al Aynsley-Green on the wider Children’s Sector.

Please have a read and forward to any interested colleagues. Continue reading “Pre-departure agreement between agreement between UKBA and Children’s charity Barnado”