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Peterborough Prison: No disciplinary action over miscarriage claim

Chris Grayling
Image caption Chris Grayling had said if the allegations were found to be true they were "wholly unacceptable"

An inquiry into allegations that a woman who suffered a miscarriage in a prison was forced to clean up after herself has found no disciplinary action was needed.

The woman lost her baby at Peterborough Prison, run by private firm Sodexo.

A Sodexo inquiry found she had received the same care she would have received outside prison.

Shadow justice minister Jenny Chapman said she had serious concerns about the inquiry and doubted its conclusions.

'More information sought'

"It is difficult to believe she has received the same care as she would outside prison - such as pain relief, support and counselling," she said.

Ms Chapman said she would be seeking more information from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

"We need to get to the bottom of this," she added. "I will talk with ministers and ask if they are satisfied this has been properly dealt with."

Leicester Crown Court heard in December that the woman was left to clean up after herself while the foetus remained in her cell, after the miscarriage in November.

The BBC has found that an inquiry by Sodexo, which runs the prison, found no-one should be disciplined.

In response to a BBC Freedom of Information request, the MoJ said: "A prisoner at HMP Peterborough received medical treatment in connection with a miscarriage in the early hours of 23 November, having arrived at the prison the previous day.

"She was fully assessed by a healthcare professional when she entered the prison.

'Correct care'

"Sodexo Justice Services, the prison contractor, conducted an investigation and has shared its findings with the National Offender Management Service (NOMS).

"I can confirm that the Sodexo investigation found that no disciplinary action was necessary in connection with the incident.

"Having considered the findings and the facts of the case, NOMS agrees that this position is correct and that the care, advice and treatment given to the person concerned were equivalent to what would have been prescribed to someone in the community who had presented with the same symptoms."

A Prison Service spokeswoman told the BBC: "We have a duty of care to all prisoners. We have considered the findings and agree that the care, advice and treatment given were equivalent to that which would have been received by someone in the community."

In December Justice Secretary Chris Grayling told the House of Commons, after the issue was raised by Ms Chapman, that if the claims were true it was "wholly unacceptable".

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