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Report on future of prison health care will lead to progress in improving this care

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 07 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:382
  1. Mike Longfield, director of health care (,
  2. Gillian Fairfield, senior medical officer (
  1. HM Prison Service, London SW1T 4LN
  2. Department of Health, NHS Executive Headquarters, Leeds LS2 7UE

    EDITOR—In an editorial Smith draws attention to a report on the future organisation of prison health care.1 2 He correctly summarises the report's findings, but we would make several comments.

    The report considered a range of organisational options, including full transfer of prison health care to the NHS. For important reasons, however, this would not be practical in the short term. Firstly, both the NHS and the prison service are implementing radical …

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