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Prisoner healthcare

Prisoners are entitled to receive the same range and quality of healthcare services in prison as they would if they were in the community.

Unfortunately, in many cases, prisoners either only receive access to substandard treatment within prison or are prevented from receiving access to necessary treatment outside of prison.

The prison law team act in claims of clinical negligence, personal injury and breach of human rights, as well as inquests, on behalf of prisoners who have received substandard treatment or have been denied necessary treatment.

These claims have included where:
  • There has been a decision to refuse a prisoner access to UVB treatment for his psoriasis in hospital;
  • There has been a delay in referring a prisoner with pancreatic cancer to hospital for treatment;
  • There has been a mistake when prescribing a prisoner with a drug treatment programme in prison.

The main objectives of these claims have been to make sure that the prisoner receives access to the necessary treatment and that they are compensated for any long-term or serious injury caused by the absence of that treatment.

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