More trusts should commission schemes to keep mentally ill offenders out of prisonBMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b657 (Published 16 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b657
- Lynn Eaton
Healthcare provision for people in prison varies considerably from place to place and does not meet the needs of many prisoners, says a report from two influential inspection bodies. The report calls for better commissioning of services by primary care trusts.
The Healthcare Commission and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons want primary care trusts to improve the services available for adults in prison.
The commission interviewed trust commissioners in 18 primary care trusts responsible for commissioning healthcare services for prisons in their area. The interviews showed that only four of the trusts had conducted recent assessments of the need for health care in prison. Six said they had assessments under way.
Few trusts had commissioned court diversion schemes, which would help to divert offenders with mental health problems into more appropriate health services …
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