Lincoln Prison addresses 'lack of medical staff'

Lincoln Prison
Image caption Prisoners had to wait in a queue to receive medication on the wings of Lincoln Prison

Lincoln Prison does not have enough medical staff to keep inmates safe and meet their health and welfare needs, an inspection has found.

The prison failed to meet two of the eight standards inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

But Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides the prison's healthcare services, said concerns had since been addressed.

This includes hiring new nurses since the inspection in November.

A trust spokesperson said the CQC did highlight "many areas of good practice the healthcare team achieve".

'Maintaining privacy'

As well as the staffing concerns, the inspection report found that some staff faced challenges in "maintaining the privacy and dignity of people" when administering medication.

This was because prisoners had to wait in a queue to receive medication on the wings.

The NHS trust said a "protocol" had been agreed to address the problem.

During an unannounced visit in August 2012 inspectors found wider failings at what it called a "cramped and dirty" prison.

Prisoners were too scared to leave their wings to go to work due to levels of violence, the report found.

Last month, prison governor Peter Wright said safety had improved but in the same month an inmate was charged with murder after a 73-year-old man was found dead in his cell with head injuries.

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