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Police Driving Mental Health Patients To Hospital In 48% Of All Crisis Cases

A shortage of ambulances means cash-strapped police forces had to take mental health patients to hospital in almost half of all crisis cases. The Mental Health Code of Practice says a patient in crisis should only ever be transferred to hospital by an NHS vehicle. But the government has revealed, after a parliamentary question by Labour, that in 48% of crisis cases last year a police car was the only option.Overall, police transported mental health patients to medics in 52% of incidents where an emergency Section 136 order, of the Mental Health...

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Published By: huffingtonpost - Monday, 11 February