June 2

Mental healthcare in jail: Female Ex-prisoner becomes first to Sue NHS

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A female ex-prisoner is set to sue the NHS for at least £70,000 over claims she received poor care for mental health issues at three different prisons.

Farah Damji, 54,has 4 convictions for 28 offences, dating back to 1995 and has spent time in 8 UK prisons.

She was diagnosed with complex post-traumatic stress disorder in 2019.

Ms Damji Is suing central and North West London NHS over claims that she was denied Mental Health Care between 2014 and 2020.

She told Sky News “Women are so reluctant to complain about anything in prison, because they are too frightened of the repercussions.”

Ministry of justice figures indicate that more than 71% a female prisoners in the UK have mental health issues.

Ms Damji claims she consistently sought psychological help in prison and was only able to get a diagnosis 20 years after her first conviction, after a paid-for court report.

Her lawyers claim that in 2005 she was told she had borderline personality disorder which was a misdiagnosis.

In 2014 she told prison staff at HMP Bronzefield that she felt suicidal, telling sky news :

“I felt like I wasn’t going to get through what was happening to me,” she said. “I kept asking and asking for help, but they did nothing. It’s a campaign of ignore them and they’ll shut up.”

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