‘Poor health care’ at prison

CHIEF Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick has revealed ‘serious problems’ at HMP Ranby.

He highlighted concerns over health care, crammed cells, unscreened toilets and efforts to reduce violence.

But inspectors were pleased with prisoners’ access to training and the support they receive settling back into the community.

“Most prisoners have good quality work and training opportunities, together with effective resettlement help, provided in a safe and decent environment,” said Mr Hardwick.

“However, for a minority there is an undercurrent of victimisation, frustration sorting out some of the practical necessities of prison life and a lack of encouragement to take advantage of the work and training opportunities available.”

“The big site and thin staffing levels make it difficult to get on top of alcohol availability.”

He added: “The most serious problem facing the prison at the time of the inspection was poor health care provision.”

Chief executive officer of the National Offender Management Service Michael Spurr said: “Since the inspection, the Primary Care Trust has taken urgent action to improve health care provision and is working with the governor to tackle drug and alcohol abuse.”

“These measures, combined with a good range of resettlement provision, will reduce the likelihood of reoffending and thereby protect the public.”