Following the publication of our report, the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee undertook an enquiry into health care in prisons, which was published in May 2017. The committee’s report echoed many of our own findings. The Scottish Government established a Health and Justice Collaboration Improvement Board in September 2017. One of the Board’s three priority areas will be prison healthcare.
RCN Scotland wants to see the health, and the health care, of people in prison at the forefront of open political debate. During 2017, RCN Scotland hosted two roundtable discussions with individuals and organisations with an interest in prison healthcare. In early 2018, we were invited to contribute to the work of the Health and Social Care in Prisons Programme Board led by the Scottish Government. We will continue to act to raise our concerns with those in a position of influence.