Health and Social Care in Prisons

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 13th March 2019.

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Photo of Humza Yousaf Humza Yousaf Scottish National Party

I thank Mary Fee for that question, because she raises a hugely important issue. I know that she has a long-standing interest in such matters.

I have met the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning on a regular basis to talk about the sustainable housing on release for everyone—SHORE—standards, which Mary Fee will be familiar with. Pre-liberation and post-liberation throughcare is extremely important in ensuring that someone who comes out of prison has access not just to housing and health services, which Mary Fee rightly mentioned, but to addiction services and so on.

Bearing in mind the need for brevity, I undertake to write to the member with more detail on what we are doing. I would also be happy to meet her to discuss the matter in more detail.