Prisoner' healthcare could end up privatised18th September 2008
Care for more than 1,400 inmates at one of the country's biggest prisons could effectively be privatised, as a Birmingham health trust has put out a contract to tender for prisoners' healthcare.
Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust (HoB tPCT) commissions four separate bodies to provide inmates at HMP Winston Green with medical, mental health, dental and optical care, but now wants to appoint one firm or trust to be its integrated provider.
Denise McLellan, the trust's director of commissioning, presented a report to the city council health overview and scrutiny committee yesterday which stated that the prison's existing head of healthcare "has been unable to command, control and co-ordinate all health services"
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