Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Justice Delayed Due to Shortage of Psychiatrists

Michel Groothuizen, director of the Dutch Institute for Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology (NIFP) says that there is a shortage of psychiatrists and psychologists to prepare psychiatric reports in criminal cases. That has led to the delay of criminal court cases and suspects therefore remain under arrest for longer. Judges need this information to determine whether a punishment or a measure is necessary. The NIFP has 450 psychiatrists and psychologists available part-time. They each make only 7 reports per year, and cannot cope with the demand for reports. Furthermore, some of these people will retire soon.

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