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Health Services: Prisons

Health written question – answered on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on the provision of health services to prisoners in England in each financial year between 1997-98 and 2010-11; and how much was spent on methadone and the treatment of addiction to banned substances in each such year.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

Information is not available in respect of health service funding for prisoners before 2003-04, following the transfer of funding responsibility for health services in the publicly run prisons in England from the Home Office to the Department. This transfer process was completed in April 2006, when commissioning responsibility for prison health services was fully devolved to the national health service from the Prison Service.

Information on total expenditure on medical and psychiatric care for prisoners in the publicly run prisons in England between 2003-04 and 2010-11 is shown in the following table.

Expenditure on medical and psychiatric care for prisoners in the publicly run prisons in England 2003-04 to 2010-11
£ million
Health care Escorts and bedwatch Annual total
2011-12 231.707 22.968 254.675
2010-11 227.077 22.605 249.682
2009-10 213.376 21.477 234.853
2008-09 204.706 19.96 224.666
2007-08 194.942 n/a 194.942
2006-07 183.553 n/a 183.553
2005-06 170.898 n/a 170.898
2004-05 143.557 n/a 143.557
2003-04 130.079 n/a (1)130.079
n/a = not available (1 )Excludes dental Source: Department of Health

Data are not available on specific expenditure on methadone treatments, but in 2006-07 £11 million was invested by the Department in the prisons Integrated Drug Treatment System (IDTS), which incorporates methadone treatment. IDTS investment increased to £11.5 million in 2007-08, £23.12 million in 2008-09, £39.9 million in 2009-10 and £44.5 million in both 2010-11 and 2011-12.

In 2011-12, the Department took over responsibility for all drug treatment in prisons across England. £120.4 million has been allocated for 2011-12 for all drug treatment to adult prisoners.

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