Health Services: Prisons

Department of Health written question – answered on 16th February 2017.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Health and Wellbeing Boards have oversight of, or involvement in, the provision of health services in prison; and if not, who does.

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Health and Wellbeing Boards’ role and responsibilities do not extend to cover the provision of health services in prison.

From April 2013, responsibility for commissioning all healthcare services for prisoners, including drug and alcohol services, rests with NHS England.

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