Calls for action to boost standards in prison healthcare have been backed by the NHS Confederation. The organisation was responding to a report by the British Medical Association, which said the service was in crisis, arguing many doctors and nurses were leaving prisons because working conditions were so poor. Sandy Taylor, chair of the NHS Confederation's mental health committee, said: 'The majority of prisoners'health services are linked to mental illness and substance misuse, and the failure to address these problems while in prison has a knock-on effect into local mental health services when prisoners are discharged. '