On Tuesday the 3rd of February Theresa Schleicher of Medical Justice gave oral evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee – “How is the Home Office managing IRCs and asylum accommodation during Covid-19?”

“Since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, we have highlighted the particular risks to physical and mental health that Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs) present during a pandemic – both to those who are detained, to staff and to the wider community. As detention has continued to be used throughout the pandemic, there have been Covid-19 outbreaks in IRCs and detainees have had to self-isolate or be isolated due to the risks from Covid-19 while in detention.”


Scroll down to view clips from the committee session and follow the link to download the full sumbission from Medical Justice.