Task imposed on prisons is impossible

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7421.989-a (Published 23 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:989
  1. Richard J Simpson, senior medical officer (richard.simpson@hushmail.com)
  1. Glasgow Problem Drug Service, Woodside Health Centre, Glasgow G20 9LR

    EDITOR–The paper by Nurse et al confirms reports by HM inspectors of prisons on the detrimental effects of isolation and lack of quality programmes in custody.1 I worked as a prison doctor before becoming deputy justice minister in the Scottish Executive in 2001-2 and subscribe strongly to community based solutions, particularly for drug …

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