01 MAR 2017

Dr Dan raises importance of mental health in prisons during Parliamentary debate

Dr Dan was delighted to have the opportunity to intervene in a Parliamentary debate on the importance of improving mental health and suicide prevention strategies in prisons.

Amongst other issues, Dr Dan raised the point that suicide in prisons should be taken no less seriously than a suicide which takes place in say, a hospital.  Dr Dan also highlighted the poor level of interaction between the wider mental health system and what goes on in prison, alongside the need to ensure continuity of provision when people return to the community upon discharge from prison.

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Prisons and Courts Bill (20 Mar 2017)
Daniel Poulter: My hon. Friend is making a valuable contribution. I agree with him about the many merits of this Bill. Does he not agree, though, that it is a missed opportunity to improve opportunities for prisoners and reduce reoffending, because improving and protecting the mental health of prisoners is not mentioned in clause 1?

Prisons and Courts Bill (20 Mar 2017)
Daniel Poulter: rose—