HC Deb 18 February 1987 vol 110 cc639-40W
Mr. Chris Smith

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training and instructions are given to prison medical staff on the diagnosis and treatment of sickle cell disease; whether, in the light of the inquest verdict of natural causes aggravated by lack of care on the death from sickle cell disease of Stephen Bogle, a prisoner at Brixton prison, he has undertaken or intends to undertake a review of such training and instructions; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Mellor

It is not the practice of the director of prison medical services to provide training or instruction for medical officers in the diagnosis or treatment of particular medical conditions. They are, however, encouraged to further their knowledge in appropriate ways and to take advantage of opportunities for external training in specific aspects of general medicine and certain specialisms. The circumstances of all deaths which occur during or shortly following prison custody are examined for any lessons which may be learned. This will be done in the case of Stephen Bogle.