Date lodged: 21 June 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what mental health support is in place for prisoners who are or have been subject to solitary confinement.
Answered by: Maureen Watt 29 June 2017
Solitary confinement does not exist in prisons in Scotland. Prisoners may be removed from association for their safety or for the safety of others but they are never held in solitary confinement. The responsibility for provision of healthcare to prisoners in Scotland, including mental health care, was transferred from the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) to the National Health Service (NHS) on 1st November 2011. The Scottish Government works with and funds NHS Boards and local authorities to ensure they plan and deliver appropriate local services. It is for local NHS Boards to decide how they implement these policies to ensure that their local population, including prisoners, have the highest quality care and treatment.