Listen to BME people in high-security hospitals
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Listen to BME people in high-security hospitals

Ada Hui @adahui1 Assistant professor, School of health sciences at the University of Nottingham

Black and minority ethnic people are over-represented in the mental health and legal systems. A year-long study of BME patients in a high-security hospital recorded their experiences of marginalisation and inequality

There is a growing body of evidence about the over-representation of black and minority ethnic (BME) people in the UK’s mental health and legal systems. A Cabinet Office report published last October, the Race Disparity Audit, found that individuals from BME backgrounds are detained more frequently, receive poorer mental healthcare, and are restrained and secluded more often than those from non-BME backgrounds. The voices and experiences of these individuals are rarely heard.

Nursing Standard. 32, 30, 18-20. doi: 10.7748/ns.32.30.18.s17

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