Publication date: 24 Aug, 2021
The Commission recently visited HMP Cornton Vale as part of our national themed visit to prisons. We found that there are ongoing challenges, although we were encouraged by some of the progress being made. We have also visited women in other prisons across Scotland to find out about their experiences of mental health care. The outcome of these visits will be published in our report in 2022.
While it is good to see confirmation of improvements by the Scottish Government and others, we note that today’s report picks up the critical issue of women with severe mental ill health who are still not being transferred to a psychiatric ward in the two week maximum transfer period – we agree with our NPM colleagues that this need to happen as a matter of priority.