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Prison Service (Medical And Health Care Research)

Volume 301: debated on Tuesday 25 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the nature of the (a) medical and (b) health care research currently being undertaken within the Prison Service. [17623]

Current medical or health care research being undertaken within the Prison Service has centred on epidemiological studies of hepatitis B and C, and HIV/AIDS, and the psychiatric morbidity of male sentenced prisoners. In addition, work is also being carried out to evaluate drug detoxification and treatment programmes, and the impact of Mandatory Drugs Testing on the pattern of drug abuse within prisons. Other work involves studies into the management and throughcare of mentally disordered offenders.