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NHS spends thousands asking asylum seekers if they ever hear voices: Anger as taxpayer money is spent investigating immigrants’ psychological state Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2836221/NHS-spends-thousands-asking-asylum-seekers-hear-voices.html#ixzz3JERMpzGD Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
- NHS staff have gone into prison-run Dover Immigration Removal Centre
- Thousands spent on investigating psychological state of immigrants
- Scheme is so those who ‘hear voices’ have access to professional help
- But it has triggered furious complaints by mental health campaigners
- Tracy Carr, of Talk It Out based in Dover, said it ‘made her blood boil’
Thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money is being spent investigating the psychological state of asylum seekers – triggering furious complaints by some mental health campaigners who have seen their own budgets stretched.
Refugees held in Dover are being asked questions such as ‘do you hear voices?’ by NHS staff.
Last night one campaigner said that the news – at a time when mental health provision for the rest of the town is becoming severely strained – made her ‘blood boil’.
A local MP added it was ‘yet another’ drain on resources caused by a malfunctioning immigration system.
The NHS staff have gone into the Dover Immigration Removal Centre, which is run by the prison service to hold failed asylum seekers while the authorities attempt to deport them back to their native countries.
The centre, which is housed on a site fortified since Roman times, holds 300 people. Most are removed after two months, but some stay for substantially longer if they mount a legal challenge to the decision.
The centre says its purpose ‘shall be to provide for the secure but humane accommodation of detained persons in a relaxed regime with as much freedom of movement and association as possible… while respecting in particular their dignity and right to individual expression’.
Dr Al Aditya Khan, who is in charge of the project for the Oxleas NHS Trust, says the aim of the scheme is to identify occupants who ‘hear voices or have abnormal beliefs’, and ensure those who do have access to professional help.
But Tracy Carr, of Talk It Out, a support group in Dover, said locals with mental health problems resented the fact that more money was being ploughed into the centre while they struggled to receive the help that they needed.