Psychiatrists hit back at home secretary

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 07 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1270
  1. John Warden
  1. parliamentary correspondent, BMJ

    The British government clashed with psychiatrists last week over how to deal with people with psychopathic disorders. The disagreement followed criticism of the psychiatric profession by the home secretary, Jack Straw, after the conviction for murder of Michael Stone, who killed a mother and her young daughter in a brutal attack in Kent and who at his trial was described as having been under psychiatric treatment for a personality disorder.

    Mr Straw attacked psychiatrists for a reluctance to treat unstable offenders, but …

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