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Mental Health: Prisoners

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prisoners in each strategic health authority region have been transferred to a secure mental health unit in each of the last five years. (295326)

The quarterly regional Prison Health Performance and Quality Indicators introduced in 2007-08, provide information about transfers of prisoners requiring inpatient treatment for mental disorder. Prior to this period, information is available on a quarterly basis but is not broken down by health authority regions.

Total numbers of transfers under all sections of the Mental Health Act 1983 per quarter

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Total

2005-06

285

277

315

266

1,143

2006-07

300

313

341

264

1,218

2007-08

296

300

319

280

1,195

2008-09

342

307

335

294

1,278

2009-10

320

Data covering the year 2007-08 are incomplete. Complete information broken down by strategic health authority regions and Wales for the year 2008-09 is in the following table.

Transfers under all sections of the Mental Health Act by strategic health authority 2008-09

Region

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Total

North East

21

13

11

11

56

Yorks and Humber

34

19

32

30

115

North West

43

37

44

40

164

East Midlands

28

24

27

16

95

West Midlands

25

18

22

23

88

Eastern

17

26

30

34

107

London

85

79

81

71

316

South East

46

51

54

47

198

South West

34

27

27

13

101

Wales

9

13

7

9

38

Total

342

307

335

294

1,278

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken since the publication of Lord Bradley's review of people with mental health problems or learning disabilities in the criminal justice system to improve the identification of mental health problems or learning disabilities among prisoners on their reception into prison. (295327)

Lord Bradley made 82 recommendations, many of which Lord Bradley himself recognised needed further work to ensure that all implications are considered for children, young people and adults. The Government have accepted the direction set out in the report and has committed to report to Parliament on the progress made by the end of October.

A Health and Criminal Justice National Programme Board has been fully operational since June 2009 bringing together senior officials in the key Departments (Department of Health, Ministry of Justice, Home Office, Department for Children, Schools and Families). The Programme Board has been meeting monthly to pull together a national delivery plan and ensure appropriate cross-government representation and engagement as actions are being developed.

The first objective of the Programme Board has been to develop a national delivery plan that will set out our shared vision for improving health and social care services for all those in touch with the criminal justice system including reviewing arrangements for reception for those entering prison. The newly established Health and Criminal Justice Programme Board have been working hard to ensure that all the Bradley recommendations are fully incorporated into this cross-government plan.

Ministers are due to report to parliament by the end of this month on progress in this regard.