Prison Healthcare Concerns

Prison healthcare so bad it would be shut down on outside, say doctors

Doctors tell of understaffed services, with patients missing hospital appointments due to clerical errors or lack of escort

England and Wales has the highest imprisonment rate in western Europe.

NHS doctors working in prisons have warned that the conditions in which they operate are so unsafe that the services would be closed down had they been outside the prison system, the Guardian has learned.

The warnings have been issued in emails from an internal prison doctors’ email group seen by the Guardian. The fears about failures in prison healthcare come at a time when prisons are under huge pressure as a result of violence, overcrowding, drug use and high suicide rates.

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