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Structure and Organisation of Prison Health Care Services: Report

31st December 2001

A report highlighting the recommendations by the Report Group for the Prison Health Care Service for the year of 2001.

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform announced in November, 1999, the establishment of a Group to Review the Structure and Organisation of Prison Health Care Services. The terms of reference of the Group included:

• To consider and make recommendations regarding the structure and organisation of primary medical and nursing services within the prison environment in light of the development of health care services generally and the needs of the prison population.
• To consider and make recommendations regarding the provision of psychiatric services to prisoners (taking into account changes in service provision generally and the potential ramification of possible new mental health legislation).
• To consider the appropriate need and level of in-house provision of specialist medical services and make recommendations accordingly.
• To consider structures for the legal and professionally appropriate control of pharmaceutical products within the prison system.
• To consider the present organisation of prison dental services and make any appropriate recommendations.
• To consult with all relevant professional and representative bodies in this connection

Members of the Review Group visited all of the prisons and places of detention administered by the Irish Prisons Service and had discussions with governors, health care, administrative and custodial staff.

Review Group of the Structure and Organisation of Prison Health Care Services

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