Date lodged: 5 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what level of service police custody centres receive from the NHS, and whether the level is the same for all centres.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 26 January 2017
In order to support the delivery of healthcare and forensic medical services to people in police care there is a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Police Scotland and NHS Boards. The MoU clearly sets out roles and responsibilities with regards to service delivery. Across Scotland, there are a range of service delivery models in place to provide healthcare in police custody. Regardless of the service model, individuals in police custody should receive the same level of access to healthcare services and the quality of service provided should be the same in each NHS Board.