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Her Majesty's Government's pleasure: providing appropriate community intervention can improve care and save money: Commentary on … Offender health

  • Mike Harris (a1)
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In answer to Louis Appleby's editorial, I am proposing that the role of mental health services in offender healthcare is to improve people's mental health and it is the role of the courts and the government to reduce the prison population. I also argue that with a reinvestment of existing resources into prison mental health we can reduce admission to expensive medium secure and low secure placements, save money and further reinvest in better care.

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See editorial, pp. 409-410, this issue.

Declaration of interest

M.H. manages the largest forensic service in the country covering high, medium and low secure services, and also provides prison healthcare services to 13 prisons.

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1 Appleby, L. Offender health: the next frontier. Psychiatrist 2010; 34: 409–10.
2 Singleton, N, Meltzer, H, Gatward, R, Coid, J, Deasy, D. Psychiatric Morbidity among Prisoners. Office for National Statistics, 1999.
3 Szasz, TS. Insanity: The Idea and Its Consequences. John Wiley & Sons, 1987.
4 Szasz, TS. The Medicalisation of Everyday Life: Selected Essays. Syracuse University Press, 2007.
5 Verkaik, R. A big issue: what should we do about Kenneth? Independent 2010, 28 April.
6 Department of Health. National Service Framework for Mental Health: Modern Standards and Service Models. Department of Health, 1999.
7 Lord Bradley. Lord Bradley's Review of People with Mental Health Problems or Learning Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System. Department of Health, 2009.
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Her Majesty's Government's pleasure: providing appropriate community intervention can improve care and save money: Commentary on … Offender health

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