Hun­dreds of am­bu­lances called out to Perth Pri­son

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The Con­ser­va­tive politi­cian said: “Pris­ons need to be ab­so­lutely se­cure and safe en­vi­ron­ments for both in­mates and staff.

“It would be un­re­al­is­tic to ex­pect there to be no in­ci­dents, but it’s ex­tremely wor­ry­ing to dis­cover that am­bu­lances are hav­ing to at­tend 999 calls on such a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

“Ob­vi­ously, some of these am­bu­lance call outs will be for in­ci­dents un­re­lated to prisoner dis­or­der and this should be recog­nised.

“How­ever, a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber will be as a re­sult of vi­o­lence in­side with a num­ber con­sid­ered life-threat­en­ing, so it’s clear that se­cu­rity needs to im­prove in­side Scot­land’s jails.

“Paramedics are un­der enough pres­sure with­out hav­ing to make these trips into Scot­land’s pri­son es­tate.

“I hope the SNP gov­ern­ment can of­fer more sup­port to the Scot­tish Pri­son Ser­vice to en­sure there are far fewer in­ci­dents to which am­bu­lances have to re­spond in fu­ture.”

But a spokesper­son for the Scot­tish Pri­son Ser­vice said: “There are al­most 8000 peo­ple in cus­tody ev­ery­day across Scot­land, with a range of com­plex health needs and the health and well­be­ing of these in­di­vid­u­als is a pri­mary con­cern for the Scot­tish Pri­son Ser­vice. The Scot­tish Priosn Ser­vice has de­fended its pro­to­cols af­ter con­cerns were raised about the num­ber of am­bu­lance call outs to Perth Pri­son “The Scot­tish Pri­son Ser­vice al­ways fol­lows pro­to­cols and direc­tions agreed with the NHS, to en­sure those in cus­tody re­ceive the ap­pro­pri­ate care and treat­ment from health­care pro­fes­sion­als.”

A spokesper­son for the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment said: “Our pris­ons are deal­ing with in­creas­ingly chal­leng­ing pop­u­la­tions - up to 8000 peo­ple are in the care of the pri­son es­tate, with a range of com­plex health needs in­clud­ing sub­stance mis­use. While any one in­ci­dent is one too many, we should never take for granted that Scot­land’s pris­ons in gen­eral re­main safe, sta­ble and se­cure

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