Care of Dutch mentally ill prisoners criticisedBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7078.393m (Published 08 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:393
- Tony Sheldon
Urgent action is needed to ensure the care of mentally disturbed prisoners, recommends a joint report for the Dutch ministries of health and justice. It says that more secure beds within mental health services are needed before the summer.
The hard hitting report by a group of experts in forensic psychiatry warns of both a substantial increase in the numbers of mentally disturbed prisoners and an increase in the severity of their psychiatric complaints.