Mental Health Services

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:40 pm on 7th February 2006.

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Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry Shadow Minister (Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) 3:40 pm, 7th February 2006

My hon. Friend has talked about people recovering from mental illness. Does he agree that what he has said applies particularly to people in prison? Is he aware that 90 per cent. of prisoners have mental health needs, but are treated first and foremost as prisoners, which means that those needs are often neglected? If they are to leave prison, play a valuable role in society and be rehabilitated, should not their mental health needs come first?

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molijana
Posted on 9 Feb 2006 1:22 am (Report this annotation)

of course they should...many prisoners are suffering from many debilertating emotional problems which are totally ignored and very often compounded

Alix Cull
Posted on 9 Feb 2006 2:40 pm (Report this annotation)

Some prisoners suffer not only from emotional problems, but from severe and enduring mental illness.