Courts: Health Services

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of court custody facilities have adequate healthcare provision.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

All court custody suites in England and Wales have a provision for healthcare within the providers contract. This provision includes immediate medical attention as necessary during the time that a prisoner and/or any accompanying baby is in the Contractor’s custody.

The contracts cover administration of first aid, where required treatment by trained staff, and the emergency attendance of a doctor or other emergency healthcare provider where necessary. There is also provision for examination by a healthcare provider of prisoners on whom force has been used if there is a visible sign of injury or it has been requested. Emergency medical provision is also activated in relation to instances of self-harm. The inclusion of specialist care for pregnant/nursing mothers and prisoners suffering from psychiatric disorders is also included. Contractors also need to verify any medication needs of those received into their custody off bail.

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