Poor treatment of drug addicts in prison costs UK more than £3.5m in compensation and fees

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 13 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4438
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The UK government has agreed to pay more than £2m (€2.3m; $3.2m) in compensation and costs to settle claims by 499 prisoners and former prisoners with drug addiction who say that they suffered from a systemic failure by the prison service to ensure that they received acceptable standards of treatment for their addiction.

The Ministry of Justice, the department now responsible for prisons, and the NHS litigation authority, on behalf of primary care trusts that in the mid-2000s took over responsibility for commissioning treatment in prisons, …

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