Shackling prisoners in hospital

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7040.1228 (Published 11 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1228

Is unnecessary and avoidable

  1. Elliot E Philipp
  1. Retired consultant obstetrician 166 Rivermead Court, London SW6 3SF

    EDITOR,—Luisa Dillner's editorial and Beverley Beech's personal view, giving an account of the effects of shackling a pregnant woman from Holloway Prison, sickened me.

    From 1962 to 1982 I was by the invitation of a succession of senior medical officers and governors of Holloway Prison the consultant to the prison for gynaecology and obstetrics.

    During those 20 years about 800 women prisoners were delivered in the City of London Maternity Hospital and later the Whittington Hospital, in beds for …

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