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Primary care staff should work with prison teams on mental health

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 30 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:748
  1. Oona Mashta
  1. London

    A new model of primary mental health care for prisons should be developed, a report published by the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health has concluded. The report was published this week, to coincide with the transfer of responsibility for health care in prisons in England and Wales to the NHS on 1 April.

    The model, which should be piloted, would be designed to treat patients with what the report defines as common mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety. Staff providing the service would work alongside specialist prison mental health staff, known as “inreach teams,” …

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