Sessions include documenting injuries, writing medico-legal reports
14th April 2011: Clinicians who have never visited detainees in immigration removal centres, also medics who have been there, are being trained among other things to document injuries in assault cases and write medico legal reports.
For a training is being organised to suit such clinicians and medics on Saturday 16th April 2011, between 10am and 5.30pm
The training is being held at Durham Road Community Rooms, 32-43 Bolton Walk, Durham Road, London N7 7RW (opposite the Medical Justice office at 86 Durham Road).
The sessions include: Assaults – documenting injuries and getting treatment; writing medico legal reports; Phone-work – handling cases remotely; asylum determination process; PTSD and Medical ethics
According to Medical Justice: The training programme includes sessions running in parallel to suit clinicians who have never made a detention medical visit before, as well as medics who have seen many detainees in immigration removal centres.
`Trainers include doctors, psychiatrists, paediatricians, solicitors, barristers and Medical Justice staff.
`The deprivation of liberty for detained asylum seekers and other migrants too often results in the deprivation of their health rights. Our experience shows that many immigration detainees have serious medical and psychological conditions which are not recognised, poorly treated or even ignored while in detention.
`The process of detention itself is also often damaging to their health. By conducting a proper clinical examination and writing up a report, visiting independent doctors can have a very positive impact on the lives and health of this most vulnerable group of people in the UK’.
Medical Justice works as a support network – there is friendly, helpful advice available from other doctors, lawyers and visitors in the network. For example we ensure that new doctors have access to tutorials and are accompanied on the first visit by a more experienced doctor, and that there is always easy access to advice thereafter.