5th October 2020
On the 30th September, 2020 the IAP (Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody) and the RCN (Royal College of Nursing) published ‘Avoidable natural deaths in prison custody: Putting things right’ which aims to identify how natural deaths in prison might be prevented, where possible, and end of life care managed with dignity and compassion. This report is especially relevant as prisons face new challenges regarding healthcare amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
A ‘natural cause death’ is defined as including ‘any death of a person as a result of a naturally occurring disease process’. Juliet Lyon, Chair of the IAP, stated in 2019: ‘For most prisoners the combination of poor diet, psychological stress and inactivity results in their leaving prison in a dangerously degraded physical and mental condition’.
Overall, number of preventable deaths amongst prisoners in the UK is ‘unacceptably high’ according to the RCN and the IAP.
Read Avoidable natural deaths in prison custody: putting things right in full here.
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.