A response to the paper by Annie Bartlett, January 2016, suggests that a change of provider in offender healthcare does not necessarily mean loss of integration and that Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 mitigate such disruption by monitoring networks within and beyond prison settings.
Bartlett does agree that Forrester et al's comments do apply to specialist mental health service, where there can be reluctance in local NHS community services to take prisoners, and transfer times are unacceptably slow.
I would be interested in comments on this discussion. Do new healthcare providers invariably lead to disrupted healthcare pathways? How can effective transition planning mitigate against this? And what can be done to speed up transfers to specialist mental health services?
For original articles see:
The Lancet Psychiatry, vol. 2, no. 10, p 859-861, October 2015 and
Correspondence, vol. 3, No 1e3, January 2016