Police sick of ‘babysitting’ drug-affected patients: Ron Iddles with Ross and John
Police have told Ross and John they’re fed up babysitting drug-affected patients.
By law, police are required to stay with patients until they are assessed by medical experts, which in some cases means police are spending entire shifts minding drug-affected mental health patients.
The state government says it’s investing in programs to address drug and alcohol issues.
But police union secretary Ron Iddles told 3AW Breakfast there’s a chronic shortage of police and hospital personnel.
‘It is about limited resources,’ he said.
‘It’s about limited police numbers but it’s also about … not sufficient psychiatrists, or the hospitals not calling them back in after-hours.’
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