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Solution to treating prisoners in hospital is financial

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 16 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1641
  1. Kevin Murray,
  2. Martin Lock,
  3. Akintunde Akinkumni,
  4. Tim Weaver,
  5. Adrian Renton
  1. Consultant forensic psychiatrist Clinical research fellow Bentham Unit, West London Healthcare NHS Trust, Southall, Middlesex UB1 3EU
  2. Senior registrar Camlet Lodge Regional Secure Unit, Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield, Middlesex EN2 8JL
  3. Research fellow Senior lecturer in public health medicine Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine, St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London W2 1PG

    EDITOR,--The situation that N Needham-Bennett and I Cumming describe in a prison health care centre1 is all too familiar,2 despite successive initiatives to improve provision for mentally disordered prisoners.3 4 We take issue, however, with the authors' proposal that the Mental Health Act 1983 should be revised to allow compulsory psychiatric treatment in prisons.

    In March 1992 the Department of Health and the Home Office invited proposals from the four Thames regional health authorities to provide a better service for mentally disordered male prisoners remanded into custody. Our successful proposal …

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