Mental health of prisoners is public health problem, says former chief inspector

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 10 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a731
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    The government must recognise that prisoners’ mental health is a public health problem, says the former chief prisons adviser, David Ramsbotham.

    He was speaking at the launch of a report from Policy Exchange, a policy institute that is committed to limited government and an enterprise culture, which calls for more to be done to improve the mental health care of prisoners.

    Investment in mental health care is too low and varies widely and arbitrarily throughout England and Wales, says the report, Out of Sight, Out of Mind, by Charlie Brooker, professor of criminal justice and health at the University of Lincoln, and Gavin Lockhart, head of the crime and justice unit at Policy Exchange.

    Integration between in-reach teams is variable and results in poor coordination …

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