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Promoting health in prisons

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7076.302 (Published 25 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:302

NHS would provide an inferior service

  1. J M Hall, Senior medical officera
  1. a HM Prison, Birmingham B18 4AS
  2. b International Centre for Health and Society, University College London, London WC1E 6BT

    Editor–As a practitioner in prison health for the past 14 years, I am becoming increasingly irritated by those who criticise the prison healthcare service from the outside. I also believe that the claim that the NHS provides the gold standard of patient care can no longer be rationally justified. How many NHS patients can be seen with comparative ease by a doctor whom they know at, say, 2 o'clock in the morning, as prisoner patients can expect? How many NHS patients at a similar time of day will be attended by a doctor who has full and ready access to his or her medical history? How many NHS patients can be …

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