MOSCOW, October 14 (RAPSI) – Russia’s Ministry of Health has drafted recommendations on the improvement of prisoners’ medical treatment for regions following a request from the Presidential Council for Human Rights, the advisory body’s press service reports.

Russian human rights advocates often receive complaints about medical care from inmates, including incorrect handling by medical staff of civil hospitals, diagnostic and treatment procedure without anesthetization and carrying out procedures in the presence of students and interns without the consent of convicted patients, according to the statement.

The Council’s member Eva Merkacheva accumulated these complaints and forwarded a corresponding request to the Ministry of Health. Deputy Minister of Health Oleg Salagay took a decision to draft recommendations and send them to regions, asking medics to improve the quality of treatment for jailed patients, the statement reads.