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Miscarriage: Prisoners

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 131533, tabled on 7 March 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many women prisoners had miscarriages in 2017; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

12 March 2018

The number of women prisoners who had a termination or a miscarriage in 2017 is not collected centrally.

The safety and welfare of women prisoners within custody is a top priority for the Government. Prisoners are entitled to receive the same standard and access to healthcare treatments and care as people in the community.

Commissioning of health services for people in custody (based on a Health Needs Assessment) is carried out by local Health and Justice commissioning teams. All NHS England Health and Justice commissioners work closely with individual establishments within the secure and detained estate, to commission and procure healthcare providers to provide a range of high quality services which meet the needs of prisoners, and this would include support for women prisoners who had either had a termination or a miscarriage.

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