“Unacceptable” MP blasts Jackie Doyle-Price, the prisons health minister, who hasn’t visited any prisons

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A SENIOR MP has blasted Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price, who is the minister responsible for prison health services, for her failure to actually visit any prisons.

Luciana Berger (Labour) chairs the House of Commons Health Committee. During their quizzing of Ms Doyle-Price, Ms Berger said: “You’ve been a minister for over a year.

“Your first two responsibilities are quality and safety of mental health services and vulnerable groups. You sit on the Prison Health Care Board….

“How can you sit in front of us whilst we are asking you questions about prison health care services when you’ve made one request to visit one prison and you haven’t been to any others ?”

Ms Doyle Price said: “That’s a fair question but I do have a wide ranging portfolio”.

Ms Berger concluded: “I think that is unacceptable”.

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