Video summarising Brook House Inquiry evidence

This video provides an overview of everything most people need to know about the past and continuing abuse of vulnerable people in immigration detention, and how clinical ‘safeguards’ are unworkable.

Speakers :

  • Alison Thewliss MP: chair of the APPG
  • Callum Tulley: the whistle-blower G4S custody officer who filmed undercover
  • Stephanie Harrison KC: represented Medical Justice and people mistreated in detention
  • Dr Rachel Bingham: undertakes clinical assessments of Medical Justice clients in detention
  • Mishka: Allies for Justice member who has experienced detention in the UK

Read the accompanying Medical Justice written summary


Content warning : distressing video scenes of abuse and self-harm

Read more here


Evidence from other NGOs and Experts

Professor Cornelius Katona, Consultant Psychiatrist


Freedom from Torture
watch oral evidence (starts 16 mins), witness statement, download submission,

Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group (Core Participants)
download here, here, and here


Experts to the Inquiry

Professor Mary Bosworth

Professor Mary Bosworth is the Director of the Centre for Criminology and Fellow of St Cross College at the University of Oxford. She has conducted extensive research into daily life within the detained environment, including immigration removal centres (IRCs). Her recent work has included a study at Brook House IRC. Professor Bosworth has a particular interest in the relationships between IRC staff and detainees, and in the role of race and gender within the culture of IRCs.

Dr Jake Hard

Dr Jake Hard is a GP with substantial experience of clinical practice within the detained environment. He has a particular interest in substance misuse. He has been a member of the RCGP (Royal College of General Practitioners) Secure Environments Group since 2007 and has been the Chair since 2016. He is the Clinical Lead for the Health Justice Information Service project with NHS England Health and Justice. He is Medical Director for prisons at CRG (Castlerock Recruitment Group) Health Services.

Mr Jonathan Collier

Mr Jonathan Collier is an expert in the use of force in custodial settings. He has over 25 years’ experience as a use of force instructor in prisons and immigration detention environments, including extensive experience in developing policy and procedures in both settings.  He has particular knowledge of incident management and governance of use of force at all levels. Mr Collier has also acted as an expert witness in a number of high-profile inquests into deaths in custody.

All further evidence can be downloaded from the Brook House Inquiry website here