The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) has released an interim bulletin relating to the management of chronic health conditions in prisons.
Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service organises approximately 5500 inter-prison transfers per month. The bulk of the transfers are conducted between Category B and Category C prisons. Prisoners arriving without their medication following transfer from another prison is a commonly reported problem. Variation across the system creates problems in multiple areas, including commissioning, healthcare provision, back-up systems and communication on a national scale.
The investigation focuses on the case of a 43-year-old male, with a history of epilepsy since childhood, who was identified, from a prison population perspective, as a possible person for transfer from a Category B to a Category C prison.
The HSIB investigation will continue to explore the identified safety issues and welcomes further information that may be relevant, regardless of source.
The HSIB will report any significant developments as the investigation progresses. Interim bulletins are released to share further details of each investigation, including how it’s met HSIB criteria, the history of the event it relates to, the national context and any identified safety issues.