Healthcare for prisoners is compromised by use of temporary cells

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 28 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:471
  1. Oona Mashta
  1. 1London

    Public and prisoner safety is being jeopardised by the Government’s “inhumane, expensive and overstretched” use of temporary prison accommodation in England and Wales, the British Medical Association says.

    Forensic doctors who staff cells at police stations and courts often lack the resources to deal with drug and mental health issues, doctors’ leaders insist.

    Yet the number of inmates being held after sentencing in such accommodation has more than trebled over the past month from 65 to 408, latest figures from the Ministry of Justice show.

    Nor are these cells a cheap option, the BMA says. Holding a prisoner in a police cell costs the …

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