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NHS to take over responsibility for prison health services next April

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 05 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:736
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

    Prison health experts have welcomed the first step in a move that will see the NHS take over responsibility for prison health services.

    The Home Office has announced that from next April the Department of Health will fund prison health services and that over the next five years primary care trusts will take on the responsibility for the commissioning and provision of health services in prisons.

    In addition to the funding currently used by the prison service to provide health care for prisoners, the Department of Health will, over the next three years, allocate further resources to improve these services, rising to around an extra £46m ($72m; £73m) a year by 2005-06.

    Prison minister, Hilary Benn, said: “Improving …

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