'Medical care in detention centres falls short'

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Non-criminal aliens who have to wait a long time for deportation at closed facilities are not provided adequate medical care

5 March 2008

HILVERSUM – Non-criminal aliens who have to wait a long time for deportation at closed facilities are not provided adequate medical care. Doctors are not given enough leeway to provide this care in alien detention centres.

State secretary for justice Nebahat Albayrak extended an ongoing investigation into medical care in prisons to cover alien detention centres as well.

This emerged on Tuesday on the current affairs programme Nova. GP Jankees de Ridder, who has worked in a number of detention centres, outlined the shortcomings in medical care at these centres during the broadcast.

His complaints are confirmed by security personnel and former detainees who were given poor or substandard care. De Ridder, who felt most obstructed in his work at the centre in Alphen aan den Rijn, sent a letter with his findings to the Healthcare Inspectorate last December.

A written statement that a guard sent to Nova calls the situation "inhumane."

Residents of detention centres often end up on the streets in the Netherlands. De Ridder says he is concerned that this group includes people with serious psychiatric problems.

De Ridder also complained about the fact that at a number of detention centres the head of the medical services is a nurse, and not a doctor. This results in doctors' decisions sometimes being reversed by nursing staff.

The director of the detention centres, Eric Nijman, said on Nova that he does not agree with the picture sketched by De Ridder.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]

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