Calif. OIG Says Medical Care ‘Inadequate’ at Third California Prison
On Tuesday, the state Office of Inspector General in a report said that medical services at California State Prison Solano are "inadequate," the Los Angeles Times reports (St. John, Los Angeles Times, 12/22).
The prison is the third facility this year to receive a failing grade for its health care services (Thompson, AP/Sacramento Bee, 12/22).
In 2006, U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson ruled that federal oversight of the state's prison health care system was needed after determining that an average of one inmate per week died as a result of medical malpractice or neglect.
So far this year, the California inspector general has given passing grades to medical programs at three correctional facilities:
- The California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, which passed in July;
- The Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, which passed in June; and
- Folsom State Prison, which passed in April.
Meanwhile, OIG has found inadequate medical services at two other facilities:
- California Correctional Center in Susanville; and
- North Kern State Prison (California Healthline, 10/26).
Details of Report
California State Prison Solano in Vacaville houses more than 3,800 medium-security inmates (AP/Sacramento Bee, 12/22).
The inspection was conducted in June and July and included:
- A review of administrative systems; and
- Medical case files of 62 inmates.
In addition to inadequate medical care, OIG found:
- Delays in providing care and follow-up exams (Los Angeles Times, 12/22);
- A lack of basic medical equipment and supplies;
- Issues with recordkeeping;
- Inadequate space for examinations and a lack of private rooms; and
- Unsanitary conditions in most clinics.
The report did not cite any deaths as a direct result of the poor care (AP/Sacramento Bee, 12/22).
According to the report, two providers were responsible for a significant number of cases in which medical care was deemed inadequate. Both have been dismissed from the prison (Los Angeles Times, 12/22).
Joyce Hayhoe -- a spokesperson for the federal receiver's office, which currently oversees the state's prison health care -- said many of the issues at the prison have been resolved since the investigation was conducted (AP/Sacramento Bee, 12/22).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.