Health Services: Prisons

Health written question – answered on 27th June 2007.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham PPS (Mr Mike O'Brien, Solicitor General), Law Officers' Department

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding she provided for prison healthcare in each of the last three years.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

Over the last three years, the amount spent on medical and psychiatric care for prisoners in England has increased as follows:

Expenditure on prison healthcare in England 2004-05 to 2006-07( 1)
2004-05 158,002,000
2005-06 177,511,000
2006-07 (2)189,319,000
(1) The figures quoted include amount spend on mental health in-reach services in both publicly and privately managed prisons. (2) The figure for 2006-07 also includes an amount to cover the cost of implementing Agenda for Change, backdated to October 2004, for prison healthcare staff who have transferred to the NHS. Source: Department of Health Notes:

The 2007-08 allocation currently stands at £198,999,000. This figure will increase based on additional funding from the National Offender Management Service to reflect in-year changes in prison capacity.

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