Here’s a thought: amidst all this debate about arresting drunks from A&E, demands on policing connected to the operation of our National Health Service, the particular demands and complexities connected to our mental health system – set up a police force connected to the National Health Service and makes its officers accountable to the NHS and patients in a way that other forces are accountable to the broader public.
Let’s debate “an NHS Police Service” – there are various problems and precedents to refer to here and some statistics worth chewing over, but I want to get my excuses in early: this is a quick BLOG just to stir some debate, not a costed policy proposal or a formal research work! I’ve spent about an hour and a half on this, whilst cooking dinner and half-watching the telly, so let’s get that clear at the start!
- The NHS has a…
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