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Prof Katona leads Royal College of Psychiatrists in urging MPs to oppose detention plans

Sophie Parker

The Helen Bamber Foundation’s Medical and Research Director, Prof. Cornelius Katona published an Op Ed piece in The House this week.

Prof. Katona outlines the reasons MPs should oppose plans to make it easier to detain people who have been trafficked to the UK, many of whom have mental illness.

“The restrictive and frightening conditions of detention centres only serve to exacerbate mental illness, particularly PTSD.  Memories of a previous traumatic experiences are likely to be triggered and may also increase distress through the threat of impending removal or deportation.”