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Prisoners (Mental Health)

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision there is in the prison health service for the delivery of mental health services through the medium of Welsh to Welsh prisoners held in jails in England. [111106]

Mental health services at individual establishments are planned and delivered by local management and its national health service partners, drawing on jointly completed local health needs assessments and the more general guidance in "Changing the Outlook A Strategy for Developing and Modernising Health Services in Prisons" (December 2001). The strategy drew particular attention to the culturally diverse nature of the prison population and made it clear that prisons are expected to identify the needs of every element of their population and ensure that the mental health services provided are sensitive to them. This includes providing information in languages other than English and ensuring that, where necessary, prisoners have ready access to interpreters.