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Prisoners (Deaths)

Volume 984: debated on Friday 9 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in the number of deaths of prisoners from 0–98 per 1,000 of the daily average population in 1977 to 1·43 in 1978.

The numbers of deaths are too small for differential analysis from year to year.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Deptartment what was the age, sex, offence, prison and cause of death of each of the prisoners who died in National Health Service hospitals in 1977, 1978 and 1979, respectively; and what was the length of sentence served in National Health Service hospitals immediately prior to death in each case.

Information on prisoners who died in National Health Service hospitals in 1977, 1978 and 1979 is given below. To obtain the information relating to periods spent in hospitals would involve disproportionate cost.

1977

Age

Sex

Offence

Cause of death

Prison

73MaleDeceptionNatural causes: abdominal neuro-fibrosarcomatosisWandsworth
61MaleConspiracy/DefraudNatural causes: cardiac infarctBrixton
56MaleDeceptionNatural causes: myocardial infarctCanterbury
34MaleTheftNatural causes: cardio-respiratory failureBedford
47MaleWandering abroadNatural causes: acute ventricular failure, emphysemaLeicester
51MaleArsonNatural causes: coronary thrombosisCanterbury
62MaleDeceptionNatural causes: carcinoma of the bronchusWandsworth
22MaleBurglaryNatural causes: chronic renal failureManchester
44MaleBurglaryNatural causes: heart failure, alcoholic cardiomyopathyDurham
37MaleDeceptionNatural causes: intracerebral haemorrhageBirmingham
54MaleCriminal damageNatural causes: bronchopneumoniaLincoln
55MaleTheftNatural causes: coronary thrombosisParkhurst
47MaleConspiracyNatural causes: coronary artery occlusionParkhurst

1978

Age

Sex

Offence

Cause of death

Prison

51MaleWandering abroadNatural causes: coronary occlusion atheromaPentonville
55MaleTheftNatural causes: coronary thrombosisCardiff
66MaleBuggeryMisadventure: bronchopneumoniaWakefield
58MaleFraudNatural causes: septicaemia hepatitisFord
41MaleBurglaryNatural causes: respiratory failure, pulmonary embolismHaverigg
66MaleThreatening behaviourOpen verdict: brain damageLeeds
72MaleThreatening behaviourNatural causes: heart failureLeeds
43MaleWoundingNatural causes: coronary thrombosisLincoln
56MaleTheftNatural causes: bronchopneumoniaWandsworth
36MaleBurglary/robberyNatural causes: acute bronchopneumoniaBrixton
27MaleTheftNatural causes: coronary thrombosisManchester
62MaleIndecent assaultNatural causes: coronary thrombosisWakefield
71MaleTheftNatural causes: acute bronchopneumoniaBrixton
40MaleWoundingNatural causes: carcinoma of colonParkhurst
65MaleArsonNatural causes: chronic bronchitis and emphysemaBrixton
39MaleTheftNatural causes: pulmonary oedema leukaemiaSpring Hill
22MaleArsonNatural causes: diabetes mellitusRisley
35MaleTheftNatural causes: acute pancreatitis, pericarditisLincoln
25MaleBurglaryNatural causes: acute monocytic leukaemiaDartmoor
59FemaleTheftNatural causes: carcinoma head of pancreasStyal
57MaleTheftNatural causes: coronary thrombosisAppleton Thorn

1979

Age

Sex

Offence

Cause of death

Prison

64MaleTheftNatural causes: cerebral infarctWandsworth
64MaleBurglaryNatural causes: bronchial carcinomaManchester
57MaleDeceptionNatural causes: coronary thrombosisLiverpool
44MaleTheftNatural causes: pontine haemorrhage cerebral oedemaPentonville
17MaleTaking without consentNatural causes: heart failure, haemorrhage of lungsWetherby
53MaleIndecent assaultNatural causes: carcinoma of lungWinchester
45MaleBurglaryNatural causes: coronary thrombosisLeeds
68MaleManslaughterNatural causes: coronary thrombosisLincoln
33MaleTheftNatural causes: coronary atheromaCardiff
47MaleIncestNatural causes: carcinomatosis of stomachLeicester
43FemaleTheftNatural causes: subarachnoid haemorrhage, ruptured congenital " berry" aneurysmDrake Hall
51MaleContempt of courtNatural causes: myocardial infarction ischaemic heart diseaseShrewsbury
31MaleTheft, deceptionNatural causes: cerebral haemorrhageAshwell
55MaleCriminal damageNatural causes: lobar pneumoniaRisley
67MaleTADANatural causes: carcinomatous peritonitisAppleton Thorn
32MaleDeceptionAccidental death: hypoglycaemiaLiverpool
27MaleMurderNatural causes: cardiac arrest, coronary thrombosisWakefield
37MaleRobberyNatural causes: cerebral haemorrhageNottingham
28MaleTheftNatural causes: tubercular meningitisLincoln
16MaleCriminal damageNatural causes: acute myocarditisLatchmere House
16MaleBurglary, theftNatural causes: brain haemorrhageThorp Arch
56MaleBuggeryNatural causes: coronary thrombosisWakefield

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if prison medical officers keep details about deceased prisoners including (a) the time the deceased was taken ill, (b) when the medical officer was first notified of the illness, (c) the nature of the illness, (d) date and time of prisoner's death and (e) an account of the appearance after death, where a post mortem takes place, and any special remarks made by the medical officer; and whether the keeping of any such records is obligatory or at the discretion of the officer.

As required by prison standing orders, medical officers keep records which include the details specified at (a), (c), (d) and (e). The information at (b) is recorded in prison medical records.