Saturday, 7 April 2012
Private Security Guards Could Be Given Power To Hand Out £80 Fines To Troublemakers In A&E
Private security firms could impose on-the-spot fines to rowdy troublemakers in A&E to help reduce the growing violence in Britain's hospital wards.
Under the controversial proposals, the guards working for the firms would also be allowed to confiscate alcohol from those who are taken to emergency departments following drunken disorder.
The government hopes the £80 penalties will assist medics who are often threatened with violence. It is also considering a move to allow the NHS to apply for antisocial behaviour injuctions which could see persistent troublemakers banned from the wards.
The Police Federation met the idea with concern claiming the move it was not in the public's best interest.
Paul McKeever, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: 'The public should be greatly concerned about the gradual erosion of warranted police officers and the attempt to fill the gap with private security guards and police community support officers.'
But the Government claimed the plans - part of its alcohol strategy - were designed to hand back power to the community.
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