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Letters Acting on behalf of mentally disordered offenders

A bin is a bin by any other name

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 31 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1311
  1. John Alexander McFadyen, director
  1. 1Mental Health Consultancy (Midlands) Limited, Brixworth, Northamptonshire NN6 9JW
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    With regard to the article by Sales and McKenzie,1 the real questions are as follows. Is it morally right to incarcerate in prison people who are seen as mentally ill? If not, can the overstretched and inadequate mental health system cope with treating them and at the same time maintain the public’s safety? As Peter O’Loughlin argues …

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