§ Mr. Ashley
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will seek to incorporate the prison medical service within the national health service.
§ Mr. Waddington
There are no plans to do so. The prison medical service already makes exclusive use of national health service in-patient and out-patient facilities, general practitioners and specialists. However, there will be an opportunity to look afresh at the organisation of the prison medical service when we have the findings of the efficiency scrutiny announced on 20 December 1989 at columns274–75. The scrutiny team's report is expected shortly.