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Prisons (Drug Misuse)

Volume 300: debated on Monday 10 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of (a) doctors and (b) other staff, currently working in the Prison Service, have received any recognised training in dealing with drug misusers. [14506]

[holding answer 6 November 1997]: Forty-eight out of 197 (25 per cent.) doctors working in the Prison Service have either a Diploma in Addictive Behaviour or Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists which will have included training in substance misuse. A further 26 doctors have started diploma level training during 1996–97.Information is not centrally available in the form requested for other Prison Service staff. However, during 1996–97 over 230 health care staff attended a two day substance awareness course specifically designed for that purpose. In addition, 44 staff started diploma level training on substance misuse.