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Prisons: Sexual Health Services

Volume 684: debated on Friday 14 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What resources are being made available to ensure primary care trusts are providing an adequate sexual health service to prisoners; and [HL6712]

Whether all women’s prisons offer cervical cancer screening and contraceptive advice to women prisoners.[HL6711]

Primary care trusts (PCTs) now have commissioning and clinical governance responsibility for the health services provided within publicly managed prisons. Prisons and PCTs work together through managed co-ordination to ensure that the quality of healthcare delivered within prisons is comparable to that provided by the NationalHealth Service for the wider community. Resource allocations are underpinned by prison health needs assessments.

Sexual health is recognised to be an important healthcare need and therefore resources are allocated accordingly and to match the need within prisons. This process will include women’s contraception and cervical cancer screening, although information on which prisons provide these services is not held centrally.