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144. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality her plans to conduct a whole system review of prison health services. [12660/16]

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Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Irish Prison Service has advised that discussions have taken place with HIQA regarding the possibility of them conducting a review of Healthcare service delivery in prisons. HIQA has indicated that it is not in a position to conduct such a review at the present time. My Department is currently in communication with the Department of Health in relation to a fundamental review of healthcare in prisons and the provision of healthcare services in prisons generally.