MDU advises on treating inmates

GPs should obtain as much information as they possibly can from prisoners and those involved in their care to avoid missing diagnoses, according to the MDU.

GPs consulting in prisons often have inadequate access to medical records and face delays in getting patients' permission to visit diagnostic facilities, according to new MDU guidance. Prisoners are also more likely to withhold information about their health history, it advises.

Three quarters of medical negligence claims by prisoners are against GPs and most commonly involve missed diagnoses or drug detoxification.

Treatment Behind Bars says GPs should ensure patients, and those responsible for follow-up, understand what to do if a condition does not improve as expected.

They should also pay particular attention to drug histories to avoid medication and detoxification errors.

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