7 comments on “Dental torture – ‘tangible negligence by government officials’

  1. When Anne Tolley said: “We have to make sure they get good health services in prison, but they are entitled to no better health services than anyone outside prison” she was taking a logically contradictory stance. No one outside of the prison system has a limitation placed on the quality of their healthcare based on this sort of ideological postion rather than material constraints. It is simply self-righteous Tory sadism that belongs in the 19th Century and the inevitable result of this sort of attitude is the appalling treatment you describe above.

    The prison system is potentially a very efficient way of providing healthcare which would save the public health system a great deal of money. The current system seems to be the result of the politics of hatred and condemnation meted out by the most privileged in our society.

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  2. I worked in a NZ prison for 5 years (not fr Corrections) and confirm what this article says. I found the injustice in prison intolerable. There are some very good prison officers who act humanely and treat prisoners as the citizens that they are. However the further up the Corrections heirachy you go the more out of touch with reality they are and the more it is about their own careers and positions. The NZ Dept of Corrections is a the most controlling, incompetent and self serving government dept.

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  3. If they want dental and medical to the highest quality, then pay for it at the same rate alike every other law biding person. Stop the winging Brooking, prison should not be full of free hand outs that I as a tax payer am expected to pay for. Prisons are nothing but a free ride for lazy pricks wanting to hide from responsibility.

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      • At the expense of what Rodger? Perhaps you could take more money away from the pensions, education, hospitals, policing and give it to prisoners who expect a free ride. Remember prisoners pay no power, no clothing costs, no rent, no food costs, no medical, no dental, no cost to see the doctor, or physio and jump ques for specialist appointments. If $95,000 is the cost to look after one prisoner and if you want to reduce the cost, tell me what we should take off prisoners to pay for the cost, blankets sounds like a good start, wait, what about tents we could put them all in tents, now that would save money.

        Roger Brooking writes: How about at the expense of $13 million dollars wasted on cell phone blocking technology that doesn’t work. How about the $6 million Judith Collins wasted on new uniforms for prison officers. That would pay for lot of dental treatment.

        By the way, how come you don’t have the courage to put your name to your comments?

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      • I do my name is BAZ Hooker. Cell phone blocking does work, but as tecos introduce new technology which upgrades are required.
        If a prisoner prior to being sentenced has a long term history of dental care , ie scrape and scale, every 6 months, continuous check up every 6 months, etc they are able to have the same care on the inside. However not every prisoners has looked after the teeth or every visited a dentist, most have abused them through continuous drug use (meth mouth) so why give them treatment that they have chosen not to use while free. Prison should not be a free ride.

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      • This is from the Human Rights Commission report published 2011

        • Dental Care – Prisoners (who are detained for more than one year) are entitled to the same level of dental care that they accessed in the community. This means that previous disadvantage is continued into the prisons. For many prisoners, this means that dental pain is generally relieved by extractions rather than other remedies (National Health Committee, 2010). The Ombudsmen’s Office (2005:58) noted that dental treatment was subject to delays and was ‘inadequate’

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