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

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Roger Pebody
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"Detained and Denied: The clinical care of immigration detainees living with HIV
Posted on: March 14 2011, 01:44 pm

Jenny Willott MP invites you to Medical Justice research report launch

"Detained and Denied: The clinical care of immigration detainees living with HIV"
Tuesday 22nd March 2011, 5pm to 7pm
Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS

According to a study conducted by Medical Justice, a charity advocating for access to adequate healthcare for immigration detainees, most HIV+ detainees they have dealt with had been denied medication and care. 

The study is the first ever comprehensive analysis of treatment of HIV+ immigration detainees in the UK and is based on 35 cases that Medical Justice has handled. Findings draw on medical evidence from eight independent expert clinicians who assessed the detainees, as well as legal documents and testimonies from detainees.

The key findings from the study are as follows:
• The British government treats HIV+ detainees’ health beneath contempt : 60% suffered disruptions in their medication due to their detention and many developed resistance to their drugs. 77% were deported with little or no medication.
• The government may well have shortened detainees’ lives and prematurely orphaned children
• The process of detaining people who are HIV+ inherently puts them at risk
• The denial of medication has in some cases meant that detainees developed drug resistance, necessitating more complex drug combinations, which are rarely available in many countries
• The government is willing to deport people who may die within a few years as a consequence of that resistance.

Speakers include:
*** Jenny Willott MP (Lib Dem MP for Cardiff Central)
*** Lisa Power (Policy Director, Terrence Higgins Trust)
*** Jon Burnett (Author of Detained and Denied)
*** An ex-detainee
*** Dr. Indrajit Ghosh (GP and Specialist Registrar for GUM and HIV)

There will be 45 minutes allocated for Q & A.

Please arrive at 4.45pm as the launch will start promptly at 5pm.  Tea & coffee available on arrival

Places are very limited so it is essential to book a place – email e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Cost : free of charge
Draft Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc) Act 2004 (Remedial) O
Reply #1 on: March 15 2011, 06:24 pm

Human Rights Joint Committee - Ninth Report
Draft Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc) Act 2004 (Remedial) Order 2010-second Report

Thought this might be of interest
Tier 1 and 2 Immigration Rules, settlement and asylum - WMS
Reply #2 on: March 17 2011, 01:10 pm

This written ministerial statement was laid in the House of Commons on 16 March 2011 by Damian Green, and in the House of Lords by Baroness Neville-Jones.
UK Border Agency failing to control immigration, say MPs
Reply #3 on: June 3 2011, 03:57 am

In a report published today, the Home Affairs Committee criticises the lack of progress made by the UK Border Agency in effectively controlling immigration to the UK.

    Report: The work of the UK Border Agency (November 2010-March 2011)
    Home Affairs Committee

In the second of what is intended to be a series of reports on the Agency's work, the Committee raises serious concerns about the way the Agency approaches enforcement across the range of its activities:

    403,500 of the backlog of approximately 450,000 asylum cases have now been concluded, but the Committee notes that while only 38,000 (9%) of the applicants have had their claims rejected and subsequently been removed from the UK, 161,000 (40%) have been given leave to remain – such a large proportion that it amounts in effect to an amnesty – and as many as 74,500 cases are being achieved as the applicants cannot be found and it is unknown whether they are in the UK, have left the country voluntarily or are dead;
    The e-Borders scheme – which has been the lynch-pin of successive Government’s programmes for controlling the UK’s borders – is still running significantly behind timetable and the Agency is pursuing a claim against the previous IT contractor who was dismissed for contract breaches after being paid £188 million;
    The Agency has not carried out checks on all those employers registered as sponsors of skilled migrants, it does not systematically follow up intelligence of possible illegal migrants and there are grave doubts whether it has even the capacity to carry out the checks on sponsors and individuals.

According to MPs, the net result is that a very large number of people remain in the UK who either have no right to be here or who would have been removed had their cases been dealt with in a timely manner.

Rt. Hon Keith Vaz, Chairman of the Committee said:

    "Though progress has been made it is clear that the UK Border Agency is still not fit for purpose. While there is no doubt that individual caseworkers are dedicated and hard-working, there are serious concerns over the agency's ability to deal with cases and respond to intelligence swiftly and thoroughly.

    The Government is set on reducing immigration to the tens of thousands and effectively controlling immigration. It will have to ensure that the UK Border Agency begins to focus on the outcome rather than the processes of their work. It is disappointing that it is still without a permanent head after five months.

    The processes need to be efficient and fair in dealing with genuine students and those filling skills shortages, but tough and uncompromising to those who seek to abuse the system and stay illegally."

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