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Revealed: the 47% rise in antisocial behaviour in GP practices last year

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And this is recorded incidents only. I regret that there are a few individuals locally that seem to be regularly moved on from surgerys for antisocial behaviour that the police , though assiting in removal do not log or report as they are well aware the CPS will not pursue ASBO's. I suspect the Northwest is not alone inthis given the agenda to reduce recorded crime figures. The issue seems to be an understandable but misguided reluctance to use an ASBO to exclude from health premises. The arguement is the perpetrator has "a human right to healthcare"- but what is forgotten is the individuals reponsibility to be moderate and approriate in their behaviour whilst accessing this right. A "right to life" requires a responsibility not to kill others and this key feature of any "right" must have a counterbalanceing responsibility seems to be absent from the debate. I suspect that the practical application of ASBO would not be denial of access, as happens with retail premises, but the knowledge that whilst on the health premises and technically "in breach" of their ASBO any incident that caused the staff to ring the police would result in escalation and possible fine or imprisonment. Bad behaviour on health premises is rising because they are the only places courts do not ban the perpetrator from and there is no regular application of effective social or legal sanction to curtail the behaviour. It is not existence of "the punishment" that deters, it is the individuals assessment of the probability the punishment will be applied to them a mixture of "chance of getting caught." and subsequent conviction. "NHS ZERO TOLERANCE" is toothless as the operation in practice does not result in any adverse consequence to the perpetrator.

Posted date

20 Jun 2013

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10:06am

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