Modern hospital opens for prisoners

The budget for the penitentiary healthcare service has been increased by 42% and reached 112 million in 2013., 30 Jun 2014 - 15:44, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian prisoners are now able to get a treatment at a prison hospital that meets public health sector standards.

Corrections Minister Sozar Subari opened a renovated central penitentiary hospital today.

The hospital in Tbilisi was fitted with modern technology, meaning it can now offer almost all kinds of medical treatments, the Minister said.

The medical centre can house 80 patients at a time. It has an additional accommodation block for disabled prisoners who need long-term treatment.

Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani attended the opening ceremony today.

"I am happy that our prisoners’ complaints surrounding poor service at prison clinics will no longer be sent to Strasburg European Court,” she said.

The hospital had been under renovation for a year. During this time, inmates were treated at public hospitals.