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Postcode lottery? Hospital transfers from one London prison and responsible catchment area

Wilson, Simon, Chiu, Katrina, Parrott, Janet and Forrester, Andrew 2010. Postcode lottery? Hospital transfers from one London prison and responsible catchment area. Psychiatrist 34 (4) , pp. 140-142. 10.1192/pb.bp.109.025239

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Aims and method To consider the link between responsible commissioner and delayed prison transfers. All hospital transfers from one London prison in 2006 were audited and reviewed by the prisoner's borough of origin. Results Overall, 80 prisoners were transferred from the audited prison to a National Health Service (NHS) facility in 2006: 26% had to wait for more than 1 month for assessment by the receiving hospital unit and 24% had to wait longer than 3 months to be transferred. These 80 individuals were the responsibility of 16 different primary care trusts. Of the delayed transfer cases (n=19), the services commissioned by three primary care trusts were responsible for the delays. Clinical implications There are significant differences in performance between different primary care trusts related to hospital transfers of prisoners, with most hospitals able to admit urgent cases within 3 months. This suggests that a postcode lottery operates for prisoners requiring hospital transfer. Data from prison services may be useful in monitoring and improving the performance of local NHS services.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC)
Publisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists
ISSN: 1758-3209
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 April 2021
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2021 23:48

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