Correspondence

Report on the care of suspected internal drug traffickers published

An independent report giving clinical advice on the medical care of suspected internal drug traffickers (SIDTs) has been published today.

Documents

Independent report of the Chief Medical Officer's expert group on medical care of SIDTs

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annex A: HM Coroner's Rule 43 letter

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Details

The Chief Medical Officer commissioned an expert group to produce this report, which has been submitted to the UK Border Agency for their consideration.

The intention of this report is to assist in the ongoing development of clinical guidance on the care of such detainees and to inform the future planning of services.

SIDTs are managed by the UK Border Agency in a variety of different settings including:

  • the location where they are apprehended
  • on the way to and within the custodial setting
  • the magistrates’ court where charges against them are made

Smuggling illegal narcotics into the UK by way of internal concealment poses unique challenges in this situation because of the potentially sudden and serious, but uncommon, occurrence of a medical emergency. Such an emergency may result from the rupture of a package containing drugs.

Read the report and accompanying annexes.

Published 25 January 2013