Bid to improve health care in custody suite

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HAMPSHIRE Police has admitted health care at the force’s custody suite is in need of attention.

It comes after a report into an unannounced joint inspection of the force’s custody suite by HM Inspectorate of Prisons and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary.

The report said that none of the medical rooms is fit for purpose and that the number of people detained on mental health grounds was too high.

However, staff were praised for training, communication and management.

Chief Inspector Jason Kenny is Hampshire Constabulary’s strategic lead for force custody.

He said: ‘We welcome the joint HMIC / HMIP report and are particularly pleased with its endorsement of our decision to centralise the management of custody within the force.

‘We recognise we have a duty of care to everyone who comes into contact with the police service including suspects when they are brought into custody.

‘We make continuous improvements to custody and since the inspection we are now working more closely with our medical services provider to improve health care. We are doing this through enhanced monitoring and through sharing and learning from critical incidents with our partners.

‘Anyone who is brought into custody will undergo an assessment to determine what level of care they require and people with disabilities and mental ill health will receive additional support.

‘We are making greater use of training to ensure this process is consistent across the force.’