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Consortium is praised for turning around health services at Brixton prison

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 07 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5342
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    A consortium of healthcare providers that took over the delivery of services at Brixton prison has been praised for the improvements it has achieved in the past 18 months. No deaths in custody have occurred since the consortium took over healthcare provision at the prison, and referral times to GPs and specialists have fallen.

    Richard Bradshaw, director of offender health for England at HM Prison Service, told a meeting in London this week, “Brixton should be congratulated on its major turnaround in the last 18 months. It has been an absolute transformation, and lessons can be drawn for other prisons.”

    Denis O’Rourke, assistant director of mental health and adult services at Lambeth Primary Care Trust, told the meeting that when the trust took on the commissioning responsibility for Brixton prison in 2004 the service was generally poor and fragmented and had limited leadership and a poor staff …

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