Met chief calls for drug-testing

The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police is calling for mandatory drug-testing at work.

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Hogan-Howe: testing would act as a deterrent

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says that drug-testing would help cut the number of users - as the risk of losing your job would act as a deterrent.

"It seems to me we have got to plant in people’s minds something to affect the demand as well as supply. You can think of many occupations where if you were working with a colleague you would want to be sure in fact that they were drug free."

– Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.

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Met Chief calls for mandatory drug-testing

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe is the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. Credit: Metropolitan Police.

The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police is calling for mandatory drug-testing at work.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says that anyone failing a drug test and refusing to get help should face the sack.

He wants it to cover all occupations, but the special focus would be on teachers, transport staff and health staff working in intensive care.

The law says workers must consent to being tested, but can face disciplinary action in certain circumstances if they refuse.

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