Exemplary ethos praised at HMP Durham, but ongoing problems persist

In its annual report the Independent Monitoring Board congratulated the Governor and staff on the fact that despite low staffing levels and serious crowding the prison has been relatively peaceful.  They note again that most cells hold two prisoners despite being designed for single occupancy.


There are major difficulties in recruiting nurses (employed by G4S)  for delivering health care.  This is regarded as a risk to the establishment, particularly as in a few months time it will become a reception prison and experience a higher turnover of prisoners with greater health needs.


They regard mental health care in the prison as good but continue to be concerned that seriously ill prisoners often experience unacceptable delays in being transferred into NHS mental health units. In some cases this deprives them of treatment.