HC Deb 03 March 1983 vol 38 c184W
36. Mr. Andrew F. Bennett

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to reduce the use of psychotropic drugs in prisons.

Mr. Mellor

A medicine is only prescribed when, in the professional judgment of the doctor concerned, it is necessary for the restoration of health or the relief of symptons. Prison medical officers have complete clinical freedom and it would not be appropriate to give them instructions about such clinical decisions.

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