HC Deb 12 February 1991 vol 185 cc392-3W
Mr. Hoyle

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the number of suicides in remand centres, and the centres concerned, for each year since 1985.

Mrs. Rumbold

The numbers of self-inflicted deaths since 1988 by prisoners at establishments whose main role is that of a remand centre have been as follows:

training needs of his or her health care colleagues and ensuring that, to the extent that resources permit, they are met either by making local arrangements for training—for example, by links with local NHS hospitals and clinics—by taking advantage of the wide range of external courses that are available to members of the medical and nursing professions or by securing places on courses organised centrally by the directorate of prison medical services.

Recent courses organised centrally have included 24-week induction courses for hospital officers of which about six weeks are devoted to psychiatric care, one day to AIDS and a half day to drug addiction and dependency; a two-day course and a series of one-day seminars for medical officers on clinical aspects of AIDS; a 10-day course for hospital officers with an emphasis on the nursing care of AIDS patients; and a two-day seminar on drug misuse for medical officers and other staff from establishments for women.