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Mental health reforms to lay down new rules for police

Teenagers with mental health problems will no longer be able to be held in police cells under sweeping reforms due to be announced today.

Home Secretary Theresa May is expected to reveal an overhaul of mental health laws in England and Wales.

The review is also expected to reduce the maximum length of detention from 72 to 24 hours Credit: PA

It comes after a senior Devon and Cornwall Police officer complained the force had had to hold a 16-year-old girl with mental health problems in a cell for two days because there was no hospital bed available anywhere in the UK.

The review is also expected to reduce the maximum length of detention of someone in mental distress from 72 hours to 24, and to change guidance so that police cells can only be used for adults when their behaviour becomes so extreme that they cannot be managed elsewhere.

Mental health campaigners have welcomed the move, but warned more beds are needed if the reforms are to be effective.


Surgeries cancelled as NHS faces winter pressure

Patients' surgeries across the country have been cancelled this week as the NHS struggles with beds not being freed up quickly enough.

Since Monday more than thirty operations have been cancelled at the Royal Shrewsbury hospital, Basildon hospital has been placed on black alert with routine operations cancelled, and a major internal incident has been declared at Gloucestershire Royal leading to it being put on black alert as well.

ITV News Correspondent Nina Nannar reports:


NHS boss admits service is 'creaking and under pressure'

NHS England Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh today admitted the service is "creaking and under the pressure".

It comes in the wake of South Gloucestershire declaring a major incident on Monday due to 51 patients needing beds at Cheltenham General Hospital and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Sir Bruce said A&E departments are seeing increasing numbers of patients and that ambulance services in parts of the country are also coming under strain.

ITV News' Rebecca Barry reports.

A&E demand already increased by 25% in some areas

Demand for Accident & Emergency services has already increased by 25% in some areas as the NHS prepares for the annual winter surge in patient numbers.

NHS England chief medical director Sir Bruce Keogh stressed that high expectations from the public and budget cutbacks were also making it more difficult for the system to succeed.

ITV News Political Correspondent Emily Morgan reports:

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