Sir Simon Burns MP has positive meeting with Prisons Minister about HMP Chelmsford
Commenting on his meeting with the Prisons Minister, Sam Gyimah MP, Sir Simon said:
I had a very positive meeting with the Prisons Minister, Sam Gyimah MP, this morning about HMP Chelmsford.
I was reassured by the positive approach that the Minister took and his recognition that HMP Chelmsford needs more staff.
I raised with the Minister how important it was that the Prison got more staff, but I also raised the importance of the Prison Service investigating the whole issue of the retention of staff, the reasons why staff are leaving and what is being done to recruit new staff.
I was reassured that the Minister was treating this as a matter of priority and I look forward, in due course, to learning exactly what is going to be done about this difficult issue and how the Government plan to tackle it.
I was also very pleased to learn from the Minister that all staff are going to wear body cameras which will help them carry out their duties and full training will be provided for them.
I was equally reassured by the recognition by the Minister that the provision of healthcare needs to be significantly improved and in light of the withdrawal of Care UK providing healthcare in the Prison, the establishment of high quality healthcare for prisoners is a priority.
This was a very good meeting and will lay the foundations for the promised visit to HMP Chelmsford by the Lord Chancellor and myself shortly.