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Anger over healthcare at Yarl’s Wood as detainee's death is marked

by Ken Olende
Issue No. 2398

Christine Case

Christine Case

A memorial service was held at Yarl’s Wood detention centre near Milton Keynes last Sunday for Christine Case. She died the previous week and is believed to have suffered a heart attack.

Protesters gathered outside the centre. Former detainee Blessings Maynard said, “It’s really appalling the standard of healthcare in Yarl’s Wood”.

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman published a report last month into deaths at “immigration removal centres” (IRC).

It said, “Every IRC should be equipped with working emergency medical equipment. It should be stored in an accessible area and tested on a regular and audited basis to ensure that it is working.”

This may seem very basic, but Muhammad Shukat died of a heart attack in Colnbrook IRC in 2012. Emergency medical equipment there didn’t work.

North London student Yashika Bageerathi was deported from Yarl’s Wood last week despite a campaign by her classmates and more than 170,000 people signing her petition.

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