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S5W-05321: Anas Sarwar (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 6 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government in light of 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, what action it will take to ensure that every prisoner leaving custody is registered with a general practice.

Answered by: Shona Robison 20 December 2016

Health boards advise that all prisoners in Scotland with sentences of less than six months retain any registration they hold with their community General Practice and are registered as temporary residents with the prison healthcare centre.

Prisoners with a sentence of six months or more are registered permanently with the prison health centre. Upon release these prisoners are required to re-register with their community General Practice to ensure continuity of care.

The process of re-registration is encouraged and assisted by prison healthcare staff and others involved in the prisoner’s liberation and throughcare planning. Guidance has been issued by Practitioner Services Division, National Services Scotland to General Practices on the re-registration of liberated prisoners.