Date lodged: 6 December 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the report, Five Years On; Royal College of Nursing Scotland Review of the Transfer of Prison Health Care from the Scottish Prison Service to NHS Scotland.
Answered by: Shona Robison 20 December 2016
The Scottish Government notes the finding of the report 'Five Years On; Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Scotland Review of the Transfer of Prison Health Care from the Scottish Prison Service to NHS Scotland'.
The report highlights a number of important areas of improvement and innovation in health care for the prison population and welcomes the improvement in access to wider clinical expertise and clearly demonstrates the commitment of nursing staff working with people in prison. However, it is only right and proper to acknowledge that it also details a number of challenges facing Health Boards in the delivery of service for this vulnerable group.
While it remains the responsibility of individual Health Boards to provide appropriate healthcare for its population, including prisons, the Scottish Government will support Health Boards, the Prison Service and their partners, to fully implement the aspirations to reduce health inequalities, integrate prison health care into the wider NHS system without discrimination, increase continuity of care and improve sustainability.