Warning on seeking medical evidence

    Social workers and mental health professionals should refuse to
    provide expert evidence in asylum cases if they feel it is
    inappropriate, a solicitor urged last week.

    Tim Barnden, of south London-based solicitors Glazer Delmar, warned
    that some solicitors were seeking medical and other reports to
    strengthen their cases when it was sometimes unnecessary.

    Speaking at a conference on mental health and unaccompanied minors
    in London, Barnden said some solicitors were under a
    “misapprehension” that some of their clients experienced mental
    health problems.

    He said: “You may find solicitors coming to you seeking to
    medicalise their client. You should not be shy about turning round
    and saying that it is not relevant. Truth is always the best
    building block for a case.”

    He added:”No psychiatrist or psychologist should be diagnosing an
    illness that is not there. It is clearly unethical and it does not
    help the client.”

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