According to the report, Yarl’s Wood has contravened against Government guidelines and has become a “place of national concern”.
Chief prisons inspectorate, Nick Hardwick, claimed in his report that the immigration removal centre’s conditions have deteriorated, with some pregnant women saying they have received inadequate healthcare.
Director for midwifery at the RCM, Louise Silverton said: “Once again we are reiterating our calls and RCM asks the Home Office to end the detention of pregnant women at Yarl’s Wood now.
“Some women have reported receiving inadequate healthcare which clearly puts their unborn baby at risk as well. The women detained at Yarl’s Wood have a right to be cared for in [a] dignified and respectful way just like any other pregnant woman.”
The RCM reports that the Home Office guidance states that pregnant women should only be detained in exceptional circumstances.
Yarl’s Wood detained 99 pregnant women in 2014, which the RCM believe is “unacceptable”.
“Yarl’s Wood and other immigration removal centres are unsafe for many vulnerable detainees including pregnant women and Nick Hardwick’s latest report proves this. Pregnant women are only supposed to be detained if their removal is imminent and at Yarl’s Wood this is not the case which is most concerning,” Louise added.
Yarl’s Wood is one of thirteen immigration detention centres in the UK, where foreign nationals are detained prior to their deportation.
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