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Polyclinics could be focus of care for offenders with mental health problems, author of report says

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 05 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1841
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    Polyclinics could become the focal point for healthcare services for people in England with a mental illness who have offended or are at risk of doing so, says the author of a new report on mental health services for prisoners.

    The long awaited report by the Labour peer Keith Bradley was commissioned by the government in 2007 to look into whether people in the prison system with mental health problems or learning disabilities could be diverted to other services and how court liaison services could be improved. In fact Lord Bradley’s final report is far wider ranging than this. Speaking at the launch of his report he said, “It became clear to me it was otherwise going to be a huge missed opportunity.”

    Among his recommendations Lord Bradley calls …

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