Care of Dutch mentally ill prisoners criticised

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 08 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:393
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    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.

    Mental …

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