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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

RCPsych responds to report on the commissioning of healthcare services in prisons

Embargoed until 12 February 2009

Dr Janet Parrott, chair of the College’s Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry, said:

“The College remains concerned about the variable quality of commissioning for healthcare in prisons. This is particularly evident in the commissioning of mental health services in prisons, and we support the recommendations of this new joint report from the Healthcare Commission and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons. 

“However there is a notable absence in the report of the commissioners’ responsibility to ensure that the health services commissioned for prisoners are of an equivalent standard to those provided in the community, and that sufficient resources are made available for this.”


For further information, please contact:
Kathy Oxtoby or Deborah Hart in the Communications Department.

Telephone: 0203 701 2544 or 0203 701 2538

 

References:

Commissioning healthcare in prisons: The results of joint work between the Healthcare Commission and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons in 2007/2008

 

Note to editors:

The report, Commissioning healthcare in prisons: The results of joint work between the Healthcare Commission and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons in 2007/2008, was published on 12 February 2009. www.healthcarecommission.org.uk

 

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