The British Medical Association says that 'incoherent government policy and inadequate funding' is creating a crisis in the prison healthcare system.

At a BMA conference on prison health today, its civil and public services committee will call on ministers to address a range of problems undermining health service provision in prisons.

Committee member Dr Redmond Walsh said: 'What concerns prison doctors is that there is that there is not just one problem facing our profession, but a whole raft of serious challenges that begin at the very moment an offender enters the system.'

The British Medical Association says that 'incoherent government policy and inadequate funding' is creating a crisis in the prison healthcare system.

At a BMA conference on prison health today, its civil and public services committee will call on ministers to address a range of problems undermining health service provision in prisons.

Committee member Dr Redmond Walsh said: 'What concerns prison doctors is that there is that there is not just one problem facing our profession, but a whole raft of serious challenges that begin at the very moment an offender enters the system.'