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Coronavirus

      • Forrest statement
        As a result of the potential impact of the novel coronavirus disease epidemic (COVID-19), we are sure that the immigration authorities and the courts will appreciate that we must prioritize the safety of patients, medical staff and others over processes.  We trust that timescales will be adjusted accordingly.

     

    • NHS COVID-19 guidance translations via Doctors of the World
      Doctors of the World are really pleased to be able to share with you Coronavirus (Covid 19) guidance for patients in 21 languages. So far we have: English, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Czech, Dari, Estonian, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Hungarian, Kurdish Sorani, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Romanian, Sindhi, Slovak, Spanish, Somali, Tamil, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese.

Sundry

  • Release arrangements for immigration detainees are medically unsafe
    An editorial in the prestigious British Medical Journal about this worrying aspect of detainees’ care
    ‘Providers must ensure continuity of care for this vulnerable group’
  • Seriously ill people released from immigration detention without crucial medication, senior doctors warn
    Independent article expanding on the above editorial.
    ‘Current discharge requirements in removal centres ‘clearly unsafe’ and can place detainees at serious risk of relapse or deterioration following release, say medical professionals’

  • How to register with a GP (for asylum seekers and refugees)
    ‘There is no regulatory requirement to prove identity, address, immigration status or an NHS number in order to register as a patient and no contractual requirement for GPs to request this.  All asylum seekers and refugees and those who are homeless, overseas visitors, whether lawfully in the UK or not, are eligible to register with a GP practice even if they have to pay for NHS services outside of the GP practice.  The patient MUST be registered on application unless the practice has reasonable grounds to decline.’
    [source: NHS website]

General

Helen Bamber Foundation
Trauma Informed Practice with Survivors of Human Trafficking
Identifying, referring and supporting victims of modern slavery in the UK through the National Referral Mechanism


Forrest MLS
Notes on the assessment of the ages of wounds and scars [here]
Documenting Photographic Evidence of Torture and Ill-treatment [here]


Freedom From Torture (previously Medical Foundation for Victims of Torture)
Demanding the impossible: Home Office mistreatment of expert medical evidence of torture

Rape as a method of torture


Medical Justice
A Secret Punishment: The misuse of segregation in immigration detention
Outsourcing Abuse: The Use of State-sponsored Force during Detention and Deportation


Medact
Practical notes from a doctor for hunger strikers
Best practice in the clinical management of survivors of torture and human rights abuses in the detention estate


Centre for the Study of Emotion and Law (CSEL)
Impact of sexual violence on disclosure during Home Office interviews
Non-clinicians’ judgements about asylum seekers’ mental health: how do legal representatives of asylum seekers decide when to request medico-legal reports?