Year: 1993 Source: BMJ, v.307, no.6915, (November 20, 1993), p.1355 SIEC No: 19940145

In this letter to the editor, Williams comments on previous articles concerning the use of strip cells in British prisons. He says that psychiatrically ill patients should not be placed in solitary conditions. However, this practice persists even when there are no full time staff or night staff to observe the patients. Williams states that persons held in solitary should be checked every 15 minutes as a preventative measure against suicide – this is impossible where there are no night staff.