Immigrants: Detainees

Home Office written question – answered on 21st September 2015.

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Photo of Lord Ramsbotham Lord Ramsbotham Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what audit procedures are performed across the immigration detention estate to ensure that the requirements of Detention Services Order 13/2012 regarding the transfer of medical records when transferring detainees between detention centres, or removing them under escort, are carried out.

Photo of Lord Ramsbotham Lord Ramsbotham Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what audit procedures, if any, exist under the Detention Centre Rules 2001, or other detention centre rules, to monitor the preparation and presentation of medical records and discharge summaries to detainees on release or unescorted removal; if such procedures exist, what were the results of the audit or audits in the most recent 12 months for which figures are available; and if such procedures do not exist, whether they plan to take steps to put such procedures in place.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Home Department

Operating Standards and contracts for service providers in the immigration detention estate require them to operate a schedule of self audit to include compliance with the Detention Centre Rules 2001, Operating Standards and Detention Service Orders.

Since 1 September 2014 the preparation and presentation of medical records and discharge summaries to detainees on release or unescorted removal is the responsibility of service providers commissioned by NHS England. NHS England’s national specifications for healthcare commissioned in Immigration Removal Centres requires providers to have in place a programme of annual audit in line with their organisation’s clinical governance framework.

The first annual audits under the new arrangements have not yet taken place.

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