HC Deb 30 November 1993 vol 233 cc404-5W
Mr. Corbett

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what specific steps he will now take to ensure that Mr. Thomas Mason-Rushton, presently held in Her Majesty's prison Whitemoor, is guaranteed immediate access to the medical treatment for his known medical condition.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the director general of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from D. Lewis to Mr. Robin Corbett, dated 30 November 1993: The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question about the medical treatment for Mr. Thomas Mason-Rushton who is at Whitemoor prison. Mr. Mason-Rushton is at present suffering from a chronic infection. A specialist physician with considerable experience of the management of Mr. Mason-Rushton's condition visits the prison at regular intervals. Mr. Mason-Rushton refuses to see this specialist, however, or to become involved in any of the other locally available medical facilities relating to his illness. It would seem that this is because Mr. Mason-Rushton wishes to return to a London prison to visit a particular London hospital. This is despite there being adequate NHS facilities throughout the country for the treatment of his condition. There is 24 hour nursing cover at Whitemoor and a doctor on call around the clock. In the event of an emergency, Mr. Mason-Rushton would be transferred immediately to the appropriate local NHS hospital.