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Prisoners (Medical Checks)

Volume 202: debated on Thursday 23 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what medical checks are followed and by whom on prisoners released from prison on the grounds of ill health before the completion of their sentence; and if he will make a statement.

A decision to release a prisoner early on health grounds will be based inter alia on medical advice from the clinically responsible prison medical officer, usually following consultation with an appropriate specialist or specialists. The nature of the medical examinations carried out in such cases is a matter for the clinicians involved. It is also the medical officer's responsibility to make suitable arrangements with outside health agencies for post-release care.