Surely this sort of mental health assessment is no different to Mental Health Act Section 2 or 3 assessments, where patients may be detained without consent. Those should be done by Section 12.2 approved doctors, who certainly do not do them for nothing or with no regular ongoing training. This needs to be knocked back to people that are properly rained, not dumped!
Maximum sentence increase is good, but more important is the starting point for sentence. Common assault starting point is community order. For emergency workers it should be the same a assault on police officer; i.e 3 months starting point for sentence. Is this going to happen?
Is this sensible use of PHE's time, when their budgets are being slashed and drug & alcohol services are being decommissioned across the board. Where are we supposed to refer all these new "addicts"? Silly me! this is just something else for overburdened GP's to deal with without any additional resources!
Indemnity fees rises may well hasten my retirement. Fortunate I can do so: feel sorry for younger colleagues.
Is this not the American system? Theirs is one of the most expensive, iniquitous and socially exclusive system in the world. Why does anyone think it would be any different here if brought in?
Richard Kippax, I'll second that vote!
The problem is not so much that we need to invest more in hospital beds. The Acute Trusts over the years have sucked in so much money that there has been a lack of investment in community services to move people out into, thereby blocking acute hospital beds. The real trick is going to be finding the resources to invest in community servies whilst having to pay for the increased work in acute trusts at the same time. From an increasingly limited pot of money, this is going to be a neata trick. If anyone knows how to do this, I'm open to any suggestions!
Revalidation, technology & working more efficiently will free up time? Oh good! Maybe I can now manage the inordinate amount of beaurocratic cr** necessary to sort out the (compulsory) CQC registration!