[European Times Zhou Wenyi compiled] According to Agence France-Presse reported that the French Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Health recently announced a plan to improve the health of imprisoned persons, including understanding the health status of imprisoned persons and facilitating access to treatment for imprisoned persons. Develop video diagnosis (Télémédecine) and make prison practice more attractive.Measures.
Many reports and observers have often pointed out that French prisons lack a medical system and are exacerbated by prison overcrowding. As of April 1, the total number of people held in French prisons was 71,828, while the number of seats was only 61,000. One in four prisoners has serious mental illness.
The first action of the plan was to launch two nationwide surveys in the near future to identify the mental health status of imprisoned persons with the aim of identifying patients in the prison and treating them. The last census was 15 years ago.
A similar survey in 2004 showed that 8 out of every 10 people in prison had at least one type of mental disorder and 25% had mental illness (such as schizophrenia).
After the passage of the “Health-Justice” Act of January 18, 1994, the medical resources in the prison were still inconsistent and insufficient. In order to improve medical resources, the government set three major measures.
The government hopes that video surveillance will be widely used in medical units (USMP) in prisons before 2022, especially in dermatology, ophthalmology or anesthesia pretreatment. This is to avoid oversight visits and prevent delays in diagnosis.
The government proposed that the internship doctors of the National Medical College go to the prison medical unit for internships, on the one hand to attract new medical personnel, and on the other hand to ease the difficulty of recruiting personnel. According to a recent report by lawmakers, 22% of psychiatrists in the country are vacant in 2016.