Shock claims over deaths of vulnerable refugees at immigration centre

Domiciliary Prisonsource: The Mirror News
published: 3 February 2018

Staff at an immigration centre where four men died warned bosses lives were at risk a YEAR before the first death, explosive new evidence reveals. As an official investigation into the scandal is set to begin, whistleblowers today claim the mental health of detainees has been seriously neglected.

They say refugee asylum seekers at Morton Hall in Lincolnshire are driven to self-harm and the brink of suicide as they are bullied by convicted criminals awaiting deportation – and even used to smuggle drugs around “no-go areas” in the centre.

And they tell how a cost-cutting staff shake-up a month before the first death in 2016 saw the axing of a string of mental health experts keeping watch on vulnerable detainees.

Worried Amelia Bailey, who was Morton’s Hall clinical lead for suicide and self-harm services, even wrote to her bosses about the likely result as she claims she was left to keep the dangerous ship afloat on her own.

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