Davies M, Rolewicz L, Schlepper L and Fagunwa F (2020) Locked out? Prisoners' use of hospital care. Research report, Nuffield Trust.
There were, on average, 83,000 people in prison in England and Wales at any one time last year, yet relatively little is known about prisoners’ physical health care needs; how and why they access hospital services; and whether their physical health needs are being adequately met.
Using a novel approach involving the linking of data on prisoners’ residences to their use of NHS hospital services, this research provides new insights into prisoners’ use of secondary health services.
Drawing on over 110,000 patient hospital records for prisoners at 112 prisons, this study provides the most in-depth look to date at how prisoners’ health needs are being met in hospital.
The work covers inpatient, outpatient, and accident and emergency care; the reasons for use; and how access to care compares to the general population. It also looked specifically at health care use by women prisoners and people over the age of 50.
See here for more information and the report https://www.nuffieldtrust.org.uk/research/locked-out-prisoners-use-of-hospital-care?utm_source=Nuffield+Trust+weekly+newsletter&utm_campaign=b83534954a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_02_14_09_36_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_39741ccd5c-b83534954a-94964827
You can also read a blog post by Dr Davies about her work and what she thought of the findings here: