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Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre: Health Services

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will reimburse to Bedford Primary Care Trust the costs of treating detainees at the Yarl’s Wood asylum detention centre; and if he will make a statement. (127091)

[holding answer 12 March 2007]: Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) have an existing obligation for commissioning secondary and tertiary healthcare services for detainees who reside in removal centres within their geographical area. Like other immigration removal centres, Yarl’s Wood has primary healthcare provision on site that is funded through the contract with the centre operator. Detainees receive any necessary secondary healthcare services from the NHS. NHS services are, however, only used in situations where detainees cannot be treated through the on-site primary care provision and are referred to secondary services or in an emergency situation.