Too many drunk people up are "clogging up" A&E wards and would not be adequately looked after if they were kept in the cells, a police chief has said.
Chief Constable Adrian Lee wants privately-run drunk tanks to be used to look after the intoxicated and fixed penalties issued for the care provided.
– Chief Constable Adrian Lee
We are not the experts on health. It is quite difficult to work out where the best place to put a drunk is. Is it a police station, or do they need to be at a hospital?
It is a big demand on police but also not the best way of looking after the specific complex duty of care where there is a health demand.
Accident and emergency departments are under huge pressure nationally, particularly on a Friday and Saturday nights.
Why should we have drunks clogging up the A&E, causing further problems potentially? Why not put them somewhere safe where you could have private medical staff on hand?