This new Nuffield Trust analysis uses Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data to look at women prisoners' use of hospital services, finding that they face a series of challenges and risks in prison because of barriers to accessing health and care services. 

The report finds that pregnant women in prison are almost twice as likely to go into preterm labour compared to the general population, and that more than a fifth of midwifery appointments are being missed by pregnant prisoners, once again highlighting the significant risks associated with pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period in prison. 

By Miranda Davies, Rachel Hutchings and EilĂ­s Keeble at Nuffield Trust.

Inequality on the inside
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