Hinkson defends Dodds

Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson is hitting back at criticism that the medical unit at HMP Dodds is not up to scratch, particularly for inmates with certain health challenges.

He was responding to queries from the Weekend Nation, after the personal physician of Richard Arthur, who was convicted last month on ammunition charges but later granted bail on medical reasons, criticised conditions at the St Philip facility.

Hinkson said the unit has up-to-date emergency care equipment, three doctors daily, prison officers qualified as nurses and an ambulance on site.