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Police Custody: Health Services

Volume 498: debated on Tuesday 27 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department has estimated the cost of establishing a permanent medical staff presence in police custody suites. (293988)

We have not estimated the cost of establishing a permanent medical staff presence in police custody suites.

We are however considering our response to Lord Bradley's 'Review of People with Mental Health Problems or Learning Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System' which recommended that the NHS and the police should explore the feasibility of transferring commissioning and budgetary responsibility for health care services in police custody suites to the NHS at the earliest opportunity. The Government will announce their response in due course.