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Prisoners’ mental health could suffer if GPs fail to commission services, warn psychiatrists

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1549 (Published 09 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1549
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

GPs are urged not to overlook prisoners with mental health problems when new commissioning arrangements come into effect in England. Janet Parrott, who chairs the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said that mental health services for prisoners need to be integrated with those outside the prison walls.

She said, “This is particularly pertinent because of the new commissioning arrangements for the NHS. There is a risk that the needs of prisoners and those in the criminal justice system will not be a part of all the wider priorities related to GP commissioning.”

Dr Parrott, who was talking at a briefing on the mental health …

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