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Call for more forensic psychiatrists

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More forensic psychiatrists are needed in Barbados.

This is the assessment of President of Barbados Association of Psychiatrists (BAP) Dr Nya Maughn based on demands for general psychiatrists, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Although you may hear about psychiatry, forensic psychiatry is a subspecialty of psychiatry which interfaces with mental health and the law.

“Our general psychiatrists are under pressure to make these decisions about people’s rights and risk assessments, so a lot is expected. Last year we held the first forensic psychiatry conference . . .  because there aren’t that many specialists in the region and a lot of general psychiatrists were being asked to perform these tasks but might not have had the experience,” Maughn said.

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