Letters Healthcare services in police custody

Healthcare services in police custody: a view from France

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2434 (Published 03 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2434
  1. Aude Lepresle, psychiatrist1 2,
  2. Camille Vidal, resident in psychiatry and forensic medicine1,
  3. Patrick Chariot, forensic physician and professor of forensic medicine1 3
  1. 1Department of Forensic Medicine, Hôpital Jean-Verdier (AP-HP), 93140 Bondy, France
  2. 2Department of Psychiatry, CHU d’Amiens, 80000 Amiens, France
  3. 3Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les Enjeux Sociaux (IRIS), UMR 8156-997, UFR SMBH, Sorbonne Paris Cité, Université Paris 13, France
  1. patrick.chariot{at}aphp.fr

Forrester and colleagues disagree with the UK government’s decision not to pursue the transfer of custody healthcare commissioning to NHS England.1 They consider this decision as a missed opportunity to improve the quality of healthcare provided to arrestees detained in police cells. The authors confine their statements to the UK but the situation …

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