Health and Social Care Committee

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 1:30 pm on 1st November 2018.

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Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill Chair, Justice Committee, Chair, Justice Committee 1:30 pm, 1st November 2018

It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Sir Henry. I very much welcome my hon. Friend’s statement and the report, which I thank her for involving Select Committee on Justice. The evidence that she received entirely mirrors that which the Justice Committee is receiving for our inquiry into the make-up of the prison population in 2022. Does she agree that it is absolutely essential that we turn around the inadequate provision of health services across our prison estate, not only because it is morally right but because it is impossible to effectively rehabilitate people when there is endemic ill health in many parts of the prison population? That means that people are discharged back into the community often in poor health and leads to cycle of reoffending that costs the community more, as well as destroying and blighting lives.