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Prisoners (Psychiatric Treatment)

Volume 649: debated on Monday 13 November 1961

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which prisons psychiatric treatment is available on a continuing basis; how many qualified psychiatrists, in whole-time equivalents, are employed in the prison service; and how many prisoners are receiving regular psychiatric treatment.

At present nine visiting psychiatrists are treating 171 inmates at 23 sessions in each week at Wormwood Scrubs, Wakefield, Holloway and Pentonville prisons and at Feltham borstal. In addition, psychiatric treatment is provided by prison medical officers, many of whom hold psychiatric qualifications. The whole-time equivalent is not ascertainable.