QUEEN'S BENCH DIVISION
THE ADMINISTRATIVE COURT
B e f o r e :
|THE QUEEN ON THE APPLICATION OF FAITH WANJUGU||(CLAIMANT)|
|THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT||(DEFENDANT)|
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MISS S RAHMAN (instructed by The Treasury Solicitor) appeared on behalf of the DEFENDANT
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" ... assessed the medical report submitted on behalf of the Claimant and on 10 March 2003 indicated that 'the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is noted but suitable services exist throughout the UK and proximity to London for treatment and/or support is not necessary. Dispersal to any location is reasonable'."
"Ms Wanjugu presents with complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which is now chronic. She also suffers from panic attacks and low mood. In my opinion, she requires further psychological treatment by a clinician who is specialised in the psychological treatment of PTSD and who has experience in working with asylum seekers."
"However, having considered Miss Robertson's letter of 5 August 2003, where she says, 'In my opinion, she (Ms Wanjugu) requires further psychological treatment by a clinician who is specialised in the psychological treatment of complex PTSD and who has experience in working with asylum seekers', NASS has reconsidered its initial decision and is prepared to move Ms Wanjugu to an area where there are psychological services available that are geared specifically to the needs of asylum seekers with PTSD. The areas we have in mind are Newcastle-Upon-Tyne or Stockton-on-Tees. If Ms Wanjugu is to accept NASS accommodation in one of these areas the arrangements to get her there will be made quickly."
" ... should be offered psychiatric care as a matter of urgency before there is any further deterioration in her mental state ... ",
"(a) the fact that the accommodation is to be temporary pending determination of the asylum seeker's claim;
"(b) the desirability, in general, of providing accommodation in areas in which there is a ready supply of accommodation; and
"(c) such other matters (if any) as may be prescribed."
"(a) any preference that the supported person has as to the locality in which accommodation is to be provided ...
" ... as a general rule, caseworkers should allocate accommodation in areas outside London and the south east."
"If medical treatment is available in the dispersal area, then in the absence of other exceptional circumstances, dispersal is likely to be appropriate."
"It is NASS policy that asylum seekers who have been accepted for treatment by the Medical Foundation should be provided with accommodation in London."
" ... my Client will not agree to accommodate and support your Client in London pending the full hearing of the case."