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BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 28 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1351
  1. Birte Twisselmann, assistant editor,
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    A recent BMJ article on the treatment of mentally disordered offenders triggered a range of responses, writes Birte Twisselmann

    Becky Sales and Nigel MacKenzie propose that the new Mental Health Bill be amended and a time limit imposed for transfer of mentally ill offenders from prison to hospital to guarantee equivalence of care and basic human rights (BMJ 2007;334:1222, doi:10.1136/bmj.39237.692975.94). They also propose that the bill should contain statutory obligations to ensure that patients who …

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