Prisoners: Mental Illness

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 3rd April 2018.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve conditions for prisoners with mental health problems in prisons in England.

Photo of Phillip Lee Phillip Lee The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

We continue to work closely with our health partners to support the commissioning and delivery of high quality health services in all prisons, including for prisoners with mental health problems. Prison governors will work with NHS England commissioners to support improvements driven by the new NHS England mental health service specification for prisons.

My Department has also taken expert advice from clinicians, commissioners and social care experts on the design of new prisons to ensure that we create the right environment for treatment and care.

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