Transfer of prison healthcare to the NHS


Round-table evidence sessions


The Committee is considering the transfer of responsibility for the provision of healthcare in prisons from the Scottish Prison Service to the NHS which took place in November 2011.  The Committee will be holding a second round-table evidence session on this issue on 28 May 2013.

The first round-table session was held at the Committee's meeting on 20 November 2012.  A number of witnesses provided written evidence in advance of the session.

Written submissions

At its meeting on 27 November the Committee considered the evidence received and agreed: (a) to write to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, the Scottish Prison Service and all relevant health boards seeking information on a number of issues raised; and (b) to review the matter in six months time. The Committee also agreed to undertake fact-finding visits to prisons.

Background papers



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