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Prison cells unhealthy for prisoners, say BMA

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 25 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1660
  1. A Tonks

    Prisoners detained in police cells in Britain are denied the standards of care expected by patients in the NHS, said the British Medical Association, last week. Police officers are expected to identify warning signs in prisoners with head injuries and those with alcohol dependence. The situation is made worse by poor facilities, overcrowding, and a lack of paramedical training, claims the association. There is a “serious risk of death in police custody” for prisoners with alcohol dependency who are left in cells.

    “Police cells are not designed for detaining even healthy people, never mind those with addiction problems. They are simply too confined,” said Dr …

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