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Prisoners: Epilepsy

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will direct the National Offender Management Service to undertake a review of the care of prisoners and those held on remand with epilepsy for the purposes of implementing standards for care provided by staff in (a) prisons and (b) young offender institutions. (310324)

I have been asked to reply.

There will be no centrally commissioned review by the National Offender Management Service or the Department of the care of prisoners and those held on remand with epilepsy in prisons and young offender institutes.

Since 2006, primary care trusts (PCTs) have been responsible for commissioning health services for their offender health population. In commissioning these services, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines for epilepsy provides the benchmark for providers of these services.

Local PCTs are responsible for assuring the quality of care provided in primary care settings to their local population, which includes all publicly run prisons.

All clinical staff are regulated and subject to the same standards of practice including those providing care in prisons. The standards of care expressed in the New General Medical Services Quality Outcomes Framework will be monitored, as they are in general practice, across the prison estate following the roll out of a general practitioner clinical information technology system.