Medics Fury over Police ‘Cop Out’

Doctors blasted a high-profile police chief yesterday for claiming officers should ignore people threatening suicide and violence in A&E.

police-1Surrey’s chief constable Lynne Owens blamed a 20% budget cut since the Coalition came to power in 2010 and said police time is needed to deal with growing crimes including online fraud and child abuse. She warned: “We are going to have to make choices.”

Dr Mark Porter, chairman of the British Medical Association council said: “Rather than pushing responsibility from one service to the next, police should work with clinicians to ensure all patients can be treated safely.”

“Issues regarding the health service, the police service, immigration and welfare reform just keep coming thick and fast”

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