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GPs and criminal justice staff to receive training as part of national strategy to improve offenders’ health

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 18 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4918
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    GPs and other professionals involved in the care of offenders are to receive training in England to improve the health of lawbreakers in prison and in the community.

    The care services minister Phil Hope launched a cross government action plan on 17 November to tackle health inequalities in this population.

    The plan draws together recommendations made by the Labour peer Keith Bradley in his review of people with mental health and learning disabilities in the criminal justice system, which was published on 30 April.

    The plan is designed to protect the public, reduce health inequalities, and cut levels of reoffending.

    It aims to ensure that offenders have access to the same levels of health care as …

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