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Commissioner visits health staff in quest to reduce alcohol-crime

Paddy Visiting Queens Medical Centre A&E 26th April

 

Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has seen for himself the pressures alcohol misuse is placing on health workers in the county during a visit to A & E.

Commissioner Tipping visited the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham last Friday night as part of his quest to find out more about the impact of alcohol-related crime in the county.

The Commissioner was able to talk to health professionals about their experiences dealing with drunken patients and the risks they faced doing their job. The information will used to develop a strategy for moving forward and tackling alcohol-related crime.

Commissioner Tipping said: “The commitment and professionalism of the staff was evident and they have my admiration for the work that they do, often in very difficult circumstances.

“What became clear during my conversations with medical staff is that the impact of alcohol misuse on the NHS could be much worse than first feared. This is because alcohol is often a contributing factor to an injury or health problem and is not always recorded as the cause. This means official figures could in fact be hiding a much wider, more serious problem. Nevertheless staff told me that on many occasions the majority of visits to A & E were connected with alcohol abuse.”

“These health professionals are working long hours under very demanding conditions to care for the patients who arrive in A & E and they should feel safe and protected at work. Alcohol misuse has such far-reaching effects and the interventions we implement now are aimed at not only reducing demand on policing and making our communities feel safe but also improving life for our colleagues elsewhere in the emergency services.

“This is why it’s so important to gain their perspective on the problem and recognise what action will help. I was also concerned about the abuse and violence that doctors and nurses in A & E sometimes face. I’m going to have further discussions with the Trust’s managers to see whether a greater police presence could help reduce it.”

The Commissioner is hosting an Alcohol Conference together with the Police and Crime Panel on June 12 where he will discuss the issues surrounding alcohol-misuse with key partners and agencies from across the city and county. The aim is to gather views and feedback which will form part of his Alcohol Strategy.

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Media enquiries:  Sallie Blair on 01283 821012 or 07702 541401

 

Posted on Wednesday 1st May 2013
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