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Prison inspector's report slates mental health provision

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39381.445150.DB (Published 01 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:902
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

    Mental health care in prisons has improved but there are still too many gaps in provision and demand for mental health services will continue to outstrip the capacity of the NHS to meet the need, a report from the chief inspector of prisons has found.

    The report, by Anne Owers, found that since the Department of Health took over responsibility for the provision of health care in prisons in 2003 “the quality and extent of treatment available to mentally ill prisoners” has improved. However, two findings “stand out starkly from this report.”

    Ms …

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