Charges Of Sub-Standard Health Care

An attorney who represents Mississippi prisoners, says his clients are getting sub-standard medical care, even though the state pays 30 million dollars a year to cover it.

Ron Welch says medical teams at state prison facilities are understaffed, leaving many prisoners with inadequate treatment. He claims the medical staff is sometimes encouraged to offer the cheapest treatment, such as pulling teeth, rather than fixing them.

Welch says University Medical Center got a sweetheart deal, when it signed a 30 million contract with the Department of Corrections. He has filed a motion in federal court, to terminate that five-year contract.

Welch says if the contract is terminated and goes month to month, competitive bidding would save the state 10-million dollars a year.