Coalition says “case is made” for early assessment of prisoners’ health

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 19 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6653
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The UK government is committed to reforming the way that offenders in England and Wales with mental health problems and learning disabilities are dealt with, the senior official responsible for offenders’ health told a seminar in central London.

Richard Bradshaw, director of offenders’ health at the Department of Health, told a Westminster Legal Policy Forum seminar that the coalition government broadly accepted the recommendations of a report by the Labour peer Keith Bradley.

Lord Bradley’s independent review of mental health in the criminal justice system, which reported in 2009, was set up by the …

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