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Health of inmates compromised

7th June 2007

A prison doctor has claimed that overcrowding in jails in England and Wales is creating a ‚Äúdisastrous situation‚Ä? for the health of inmates.

Prison health services are not sufficiently staffed or funded to cope with the increase in inmates, according to Dr Ashok Rayani, who works at the jail in Swansea. He also claimed there were unacceptable delays in assessments and treatments, often because of a shortage of prison staff to escort inmates to hospital. But the government has said that spending on prison healthcare in England had risen by £40m a year since 2002.

 

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