Letters Prisons and health

Who cares about healthcare transitions in prisoners with mental health problems?

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e6760 (Published 09 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6760
  1. Laavanya Damodaran, registrar in psychiatry1,
  2. Joe Reilly, professor of psychiatry, University of Durham2
  1. 1Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust, Darlington, UK
  2. 2Wolfson Research Institute, Queen’s Campus, Stockton TS17 6BH, UK
  1. l.damodaran{at}nhs.net

We welcome Ginn’s inclusion of mental health as a key element in the challenges of prison healthcare.1 Up to 90% of prisoners have a diagnosable mental illness, personality disorder, or substance misuse disorder,2 and many will have been difficult to engage outside prison. Continuity of treatment from community to prison …

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