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Broad statements do not tell whole story of prison medicine

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 14 December 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1422
  1. I Jamieson, head, medical practice (
  1. Her Majesty's Prison Kilmarnock, Kilmarnock KA15 0UA

EDITOR—I work in custodial medicine and would find abhorrent the idea of referring to my patients, albeit incarcerated, as anything other than my patients. However, the news article by Gulland describing how the NHS is to take over responsibility for prison health services does not tell quite the whole story.1

Obviously differences exist across the service. In my experience a prison doctor sees urgent cases during the same day and around three days routinely. A consultant psychiatrist can be accessed …

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