Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, commenting on the HM Chief Inspector of Prisons report into Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre, said:
“People rightly expect and place their trust in the Home Office to ensure immigration rules are enforced humanely.
“This shocking report exposes incidents of inhumanity. Terminally ill, dying elderly people should not be handcuffed to their hospital bed. People will rightly be appalled by this incident and the Home Secretary should be appalled too.
“I urge the Government to implement the Chief Inspector’s principle recommendation that people should not be routinely handcuffed for medical treatment without delay.
“Rules to ensure fair treatment of people who may have been tortured, and are unfit for detention, must also be absolutely enforced all of the time. The Home Secretary should personally ensure Home Office detention facilities understand and implement these protections.
“This serious report should also see the Home Secretary review the contract for Harmondsworth. The public, who are paying for this facility, expect those running it to abide by official recommendations. That isn’t happening at this facility. Instead there has been a shocking lack of basic humanity. That must end now.”