Date lodged: 19 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what support and resources are being given to prisons to accommodate and care for older prisoners, including those requiring (a) personal and (b) palliative care.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 28 February 2018
The Scottish Government and the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) recognise that meeting the needs of the ageing prison population is an emerging and pressing issue which requires specific consideration.
That is why the provision of personal and social care within prisons will be considered by the recently established Health and Social Care in Prisons Programme Board which sits under the Health and Justice Collaboration Improvement Board.
SPS is also reviewing its population management strategy and consideration of the health and social care needs in the increasing number of older people in custody will be part of that process.