165136 Politics, Policies and Prisons: A Success Story from England

Tuesday, November 6, 2007: 2:30 PM

John Boyington, MD , WHO Collaborating Centre for Health and Prisons, Home Office Department of Health, London, United Kingdom
Radical changes have just been introduced in the prison health services in England. Prison health services are fully integrated with national health services. How this was achieved will be outlined. The tipping point came with politicians concerning the 'prisoner or patient' dilemma. The process may be adaptable for other countries, even where resources are constrained. The case will be made that getting rid of isolation between the health care professionals in prisons and those in community health services is a major step towards reducing the public health danger from prisons.

Learning Objectives:
1. What benefit is there to the integration of prison health services into public health care. 2. How has the UK acheived integration.

Keywords: Prison, Public Health

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