Vol , Issue Date of Publication: March 29, 2024
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20529/IJME.2024.021

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Some personal reflections on prison medical care

Vernon Gonsalves
This is a personal account of medical practices and healthcare behind bars, which draws on direct experiences and narrations from fellow prisoners, accumulated during eleven years in custody. It touches on issues of the relationship of medical professionals with the torture of detenus, the anarchy of everyday prison medication, frailty and death among older inmates and the proposals and prospects for prison healthcare reform. It sees a need for systemic change, but the prognosis is not optimistic.

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©Indian Journal of Medical Ethics 2024: Open Access and Distributed under the Creative Commons license ( CC BY-NC-ND 4.0),
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  1. Suhas Kolhekar
    National Alliance of People's Movements and JSA , INDIA
    03 April 2024

    Excellent and very detailed analysis about the lack of health services and staff in the Prisons.I would appreciate if the Jan Swasthya Abhiyan takes up this issue as a major campaign along with Human Rights organizations.I
    would also

    • Affiliation: National Alliance of People's Movements and JSA
    • Country: INDIA
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