Extra funding will improve health of prisoners at HMP Blundeston

Health chiefs in Suffolk have invested an extra �1million to improve care for the prisoners, including inmates at Blundeston near Lowestoft.

NHS Suffolk have defended the sharp increase from �3.1m to �4.3m in the last year saying everyone is entitled to the same level of care.

Tracy Dowling, NHS Suffolk's director of strategic commissioning, said: 'There was real need for improvement in patient care in prisons.

'As a result of a review of the services we offered, and assessment of the health needs of prisoners, we have invested �1 million on services such as better access to dental care for patients, improved provision of prescribed medicines and new clinics.'

Critics have questioned why money was being invested to improve care for inmates instead of improving care for the elderly.

The prisons benefiting from the extra funding are Blundeston, Warren Hill, Hollesley Bay, Edmunds Hill, and Highpoint.

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