Mental Health Services: Prisoners

Health written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of David Howarth David Howarth Shadow Solicitor General, Ministry of Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of prisoners received treatment for mental illness in the last five years for which figures are available.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) (Care Services)

Mental health services for prisoners have been a key part of the Government's recent reforms of health services for prisoners. The Department is now investing £20 million a year in national health service mental health in-reach services for prisoners. These are community mental health teams working within prisons and are now available in 102 prisons, with some 360 extra staff employed. Every prison in England and Wales has access to these services. Information on how many prisoners receive these services is not collected centrally.

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