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A third of people held by police are not registered with a GP despite health problems

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 28 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:471
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

People held in custody by the police in London have high levels of general health problems, and nearly a third are not registered with a GP, a new survey has shown.

The researchers found that just under a quarter of detainees had had previous major psychiatric or mental health problems, and 9% had been admitted informally to hospital or had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act (Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine doi: 10.1016/j.jflm.2007.10.011).

More than half the detainees had a medical condition. Three quarters of detainees with a medical condition had been prescribed a treatment—but only half of these people were taking the prescribed drugs. Conditions included asthma, …

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