Deaths from natural causes in English and Welsh prisons ‘unacceptably high’

Panel calls for improved access to healthcare for inmates to avoid preventable deaths

The number of deaths from natural causes on the prison estate is “unacceptably high”, a watchdog has warned, urging ministers to do more to allow inmates to be allowed out to die.

The average age of an inmate dying a “natural death” is 56, compared with 81 in the general population, the Independent Advisory Panel (IAP) on Deaths in Custody said.

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