Prison health care
This chapter examines the models of prison health services in France, England and Wales, and New South Wales (Australia). While France transferred prison health services to the public hospital sector, health care has remained with prison services in England and Wales; and New South Wales in 1997 set up a specialist corrections health service. There is some evidence from these three models that health care access and quality improved somewhat for prisoners (from a low base), with greater attention and with less isolation from mainstream health care. But it is unclear whether these reforms have changed institutional attitudes to prisoners who are ill; to prisoners as citizens entitled to equal medical care; and to prison as a place that should improve not increase ill-health.
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