10 years of Medical Justice

medical justice 10 years
FY2015 Annual Report : 1st Feb 2014 – 31st Jan 2015
Including reflection on the last 10 years : 2005 – 2015
Highlights of the last 10 years campaigning for medical justice ;
Volunteer doctor visits detainee on hunger-strike in Harmondsworth IRC
First campaign meeting held in Hyde Park
Negotiated a protocol with the Home Office for access for independent doctors into IRCs
Medical Justice successfully lobbies for better policy on anti-malarials for pregnant women and children
Medical Justice launched in parliament with “Beyond decency & Comprehension” dossier of case-studies
We becomes a company limited by guarantee and get our first office room
Published “Outsourcing Abuse” dossier of excessive use of force
First grants : £10,000 from JRCT + £10,000 from Appletree Trust – first employee employed
Medical Justice becomes registered charity with help from Allen & Overy
Medical Justice v UKBA & Serco : proceedings issued – regarding obstruction of medical visits at Yarl’s Wood
“State Sponsored Cruelty” dossier on children in detention, backed by Royal Colleges
Medical Justice wins judicial review against Home Office’s ‘zero-notice’ removals policy
“Detained & Denied” dossier on cases of inadequate treatment of HIV+ detainee
Issued proceedings against the Home Office challenging Rule 35 failures
“The Second Torture” dossier on the detention of torture survivors published
Successful joint intervention, together with Mind, in the case of R (HA) v SSHD on mental issues
“Expecting Change” dossier on pregnant women in detention, backed by Royal Colleges and 300+ NGOs
Successful legal challenge of narrowed ‘torture’ definition, evidence for group of torture victim cases
“Biased & Unjust” dossier on wholly inadequate complaints procedure
Successful pre-action letter challenging resurrected zero-notice removals policy
Lobbying for consultation of NHS England Service Specifications
Detainee referrals top 100 in a month, employs 7 staff, 75 clinicians visit detainees