DGH Signs on to Health Professionals' Open Letter Against Immigration Detention

The letter,  signed by 1383 individual health professionals and 24 organisations, was published in The Lancet, on November 4, 2016.
An exerpt from the letter:

Our professional codes of conduct compel us to advocate for our patients, and to speak out against legislation, practices or services that are inadequate or pose a threat to health. After countless reports from different national and international bodies including Médecins Sans Frontiéres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the British and Australian Medical Associations, we know without doubt that prolonged detention poses unacceptable risks to mental and physical health. Pregnant women, children, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and those with chronic illness or disability face additional risk.


85% of parents and children in detention experience negative mental health consequences. Rape, sexual violence, abuse, self-harm, and suicide are common. Poor housing conditions increase the transmission of infectious diseases. Inadequate provision of medical care means that avoidable disability and death are too common.

Read the full letter.










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