A free in person event from the British Medical Association and Medical Justice

This event will explore the findings of the Brook House Inquiry and how the continued failings in IRCs have appalling consequences for the wellbeing of those detained. The shortcomings of the UK’s immigration detention system and the resulting deleterious health impacts on migrants and asylum seekers have been raised by organisations including the BMA and Medical Justice for years; the meeting will examine this, explain what both organisations are doing, and discuss what you can do.

The Brook House Inquiry was set up to investigate mistreatment and abuse of people detained in Brook House immigration removal centre following an undercover investigation by BBC Panorama. In September 2023, it published its findings. The Inquiry uncovered a system where detained people were regularly dehumanised, their mental and physical health deteriorated and serious mental health concerns went ignored. The findings, while highly regrettable, echo those from the BMA’s 2017 seminal report ‘Locked Up, Locked Out’ and Medical Justice’s recent 2023 report, “If he dies, he dies”The Inquiry’s report is indicative of how, amongst other failings, a lack of safeguards, insufficient resources, and poor training, can have a dire impact on the healthcare of migrants held in detention.

Speakers include:

  • Kate Eves, the Chair of the Brook House Inquiry
  • Stephanie Harrison KC, Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers
  • Dr Brodie Paterson, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary’s University
  • Dr Andrew Green, deputy chair of the BMA Medical Ethics Committee
  • Dr John Chisholm CBE, BMA International Committee Deputy Chair
  • Dr Rachel Bingham, Clinical Advisor for Medical Justice
  • Prof Cornelius Katona MD FRCPsych, Hon Medical and Research Director, Helen Bamber Foundation and Hon Professor, Division of Psychiatry, UCL
  • A person with lived experience of UK’s immigration detention
  • and more to be confirmed

Join this in person event to learn more about the Inquiry’s findings and hear from a number of experts, including from both the BMA and Medical Justice, about the state of healthcare in Immigration Removal Centres today.

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