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Immigration: Children

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to help children (a) who are HIV positive, (b) who have malaria and (c) who have tuberculosis and are living in immigration removal centres; and if she will make a statement. (172632)

Appropriate treatment is provided to all those who enter immigration removal centres with medical problems and they must have available to them the same range and quality of services as the general public receives from the national health service.

For example, the Healthcare Steering Group, which was set up by immigration removal centre doctors, has issued guidance on how HIV/AIDS patients should be managed and this makes clear that those concerned must be treated in the same way as any other member of the community. The same is true for those who may have malaria or tuberculosis.

We take seriously our responsibility for meeting the health needs of those held in detention. This can be further evidenced through our taking into account the need, in relevant cases, for detainees to be offered malaria prophylaxis before returning to a malaria area.

Individuals who are being removed from the United Kingdom are, where appropriate, provided with sufficient medication until such time as they are able to have access to their own country’s health care services. This position applies to adults and children.