Mental health in prisons examined

23 October 2017

The Public Accounts Committee examines the £400 million spent on prisoners mental and physical health in 2016–17 in England.

Purpose of the session

The Committee will ask NHS England, HM Prisons and Probation Service and Ministry of Justice about how they are working together to secure reliable data on incidences of mental illness among prisoners, why reliable data does not yet exist, and how at a time of budgetary pressure they will ensure to provide healthcare provision to those prisoners who need it.


Monday 23 October 2017, The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

At 4.00pm

  • Sarah Hughes, Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health
  • Dr Huw Stone, Co-Chair, Quality Network for Prison Mental Health Services, Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Dr Andrew Forrester, Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry
  • Mark Johnson, Founder, User Voice

At 4.30pm

  • Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England
  • Kate Davies, Director of Health & Justice, Armed Forces and Sexual Assault Services Commissioning, NHS England
  • Richard Heaton, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice
  • Michael Spurr, Chief Executive, HM Prison and Probation Service

Further information

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