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Mental health in the criminal justice system: austerity must now be reversed

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: (Published 21 March 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o727
  1. Piyal Sen, visiting clinical senior lecturer1,
  2. Andrew Forrester, professor of forensic psychiatry2,
  3. Megan Georgiou, postgraduate researcher3,
  4. Quazi Haque, executive medical director4,
  5. Nasrul Ismail, lecturer in criminology5,
  6. Patrick Neville, strategic development director4
  1. 1College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK
  2. 2Department of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
  3. 3Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK
  4. 4Elysium Healthcare, Borehamwood, UK
  5. 5School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
  1. piyal.sen{at}

The covid-19 pandemic has allowed us to acknowledge the depth and scale of the problems faced by mental health services in the criminal justice system. A recent editorial by Brooker and Coid is welcome but does not go far enough in depicting the profound effect of austerity on the services provided.1

Since the introduction of austerity in England in 2010, health and justice systems have been under attack. Across the …

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