HC Deb 26 April 2004 vol 420 c825W
Mrs. Iris Robinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the general psychiatry service to prisoners in the Province. [164912]

Mr. Pearson

The Prison Service has contracts with two Health and Social Services Trusts for the provision of psychiatric services. Two Consultant Forensic Psychiatrists provide a total of 12 sessions (1.2 whole-time equivalent). A Specialist Registrar on a post-graduate training programme in forensic psychiatry, partially funded by the Prison Service, supports one of the consultants. A Staff Grade psychiatric registrar supports the second consultant. In addition, a medical officer from the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety with a qualification in psychiatry provides two sessions a week at Maghaberry Prison.