Saturday 11 March 2017 / 10:40 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

We need concrete measures now to improve mental health and restore safety in our prisons – Yasmin Qureshi

Labour’s Shadow Justice Minister, Yasmin Qureshi MP, responding to The Royal College of Psychiatrists’ warning that
psychiatric care in prisons is at breaking point,  said:

“Prison suicides in 2016 were at the highest level
ever recorded. Incidents of self-harm are also on the increase. This is hardly
surprising given that the psychiatrists who work in prisons feel unable to do
their job.  Poor mental health, combined with a lack of prison staff, is
endangering inmates, officers, and healthcare professionals.  Friday’s
fire at Guys Marsh attests to the acute nature of the crisis.

“The Justice Secretary must recognise that there is
nothing in the Prisons and Courts Bill to deal with this worsening
situation.  We need concrete measures now to improve mental health and
restore safety in our prisons.”