HC Deb 28 November 1957 vol 578 c143W
71. Mrs. Jeger

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements are made for mass chest radiography of prisoners both on reception and during their sentences; and what is the policy of his Department regarding treatment.

Mr. R. A. Butler

All prisoners are medically examined on reception and any prisoner suspected of having active tuberculosis (whether on reception or at a later date) is sent for an X-ray examination. The mass radiography units of the regional hospital boards are invited to visit prisons when in the neighbourhood, and in 1956 some 7,000 prisoners were examined in this way. Any prisoner found to be suffering from tuberculosis or any other disease is given the treatment he requires, either in prison or in an outside hospital, usually in consultation with a local chest physician.