Health written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of David Howarth David Howarth Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doses of medication were (a) received into pharmacies in and (b) prescribed in the adult custodial estate in England and Wales in the most recent year for which figures are available.

Photo of Phil Hope Phil Hope Minister of State (the East Midlands), Regional Affairs, Minister of State (the East Midlands), Department of Health

This information is not collected centrally. The responsibility for commissioning offender health services in publicly run prisons in England has been fully devolved to national health service primary care trusts since 2006 and as such pharmacy services are commissioned locally.

Local clinical audit and governance is in place for offender medication management as in the wider NHS.

Responsibility for the commissioning and provision of health services for offenders in Wales is devolved to the Welsh Assembly Government as it is for the population of Wales.

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