From Iceland — Mentally Ill Prisoners Still Waiting For Help

Mentally Ill Prisoners Still Waiting For Help

Published February 24, 2014

There is currently no psychiatrist employed at Litla Hraun Prison and prisoners have been waiting six months for help, reports Vísir.

According to Icelandic law, prisoners should enjoy the same level of health care as those outside of prison but the lack of access to a mental health professional means this law is not being upheld at this time.

The medical director of the Health Care Institution of South Iceland, which is in charge of providing psychiatric services to Litla Hraun prison, has said that the lack of mental health services is due, in part, to limited funding as well as the fact that there has been no psychiatrist employed at the institution itself in the past six months.

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