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UK announces partnership between the NHS and prison service

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7188.891 (Published 03 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:891
  1. Pat Anderson
  1. London

    The UK's NHS and prison service have announced joint plans for improving health care in British prisons.

    A report published this week by a joint prison service and NHS executive working group recommends a formal partnership between the NHS and prisons to help fill gaps in healthcare provision for prisoners. Although prisoners may have substantial health needs, particularly when it comes to mental health and substance misuse, successive reports by the Prisons Inspectorate have shown that the prison service fails to deliver appropriate care.

    Nursing care has sometimes been delivered by …

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