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Government’s U turn on custodial healthcare will endanger vulnerable people, says BMA

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h7020 (Published 30 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h7020
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The UK government’s decision to drop plans to transfer police custodial healthcare commissioning to the NHS in England has been criticised by the BMA, which fears that it will put vulnerable people at risk of harm.

Currently, individual police forces provide healthcare for people in custody, who often include people with mental illness and drug and alcohol addictions. The BMA has previously raised concern about variation in care provided in these circumstances across the United Kingdom and …

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