Letters Treatment of sex offenders

Reserving mental health detention for conditions that can be treated

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h842 (Published 18 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h842
  1. Jeremy M Rampling, specialist trainee year 5 in forensic psychiatry1
  1. 1Hatherton Centre, St George’s Hospital, Stafford ST16 3SR, UK
  1. jeremy.rampling{at}nhs.net

Evidence for the rehabilitation of sex offenders is contentious and inconsistent and Ho is justified in sharing his concerns with the medical fraternity,1 but he argues for doctors to “take ownership” without presenting evidence for psychiatric interventions.

Continued mental health detention is appropriate only if relevant medical treatment, which may include pharmacological, psychological, occupational, or nursing …

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