RCN Echoes Call To Improve Healthcare In Prisons UK

February 16, 2009 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment


Commenting on the Healthcare Commission and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) call for the NHS to provide better healthcare for adults in the prison system, Janet Davies, Executive Director of Nursing and Service Delivery at the Royal College of Nursing said:



“As this report states, there is an urgent need to improve healthcare in prisons. Nursing teams working in prisons are more than aware of these problems, but there’s only so much you can do with low numbers of staff and inadequate equipment. Prison nurses are vital to improving the health of people in prisons – a group often highlighted as having poorer health than the general public. For some people, spending time in the prison system can provide valuable access to interventions to improve long term health. Failure to provide appropriate healthcare is a missed opportunity. If the government is committed to improving rehabilitation then they need to invest in prison healthcare staff and equipment.”




Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is the voice of nursing across the UK and is the largest professional union of nursing staff in the world. The RCN promotes the interest of nurses and patients on a wide range of issues and helps shape healthcare policy by working closely with the UK Government and other national and international institutions, trade unions, professional bodies and voluntary organisations.



Royal College of Nursing

[Via http://www.medicalnewstoday.com]

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