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BBC Radio Five Live Should drunk people be treated in A&E?

Image Should drunk people be treated in A&E?

Shelagh Fogarty discussed with Julia Manning, Chief Executive at 2020health, Roisin Devlin, an A&E nurse and spokesperson for the RCN and to Wayne Parsons, a senior nurse who runs the Alcohol Recovery Centre in Cardiff about whether A&E or a so-called 'drunk tank' is the best place to treat people who have too much to drink on a night out? Julia thinks that drunks should be treated in A&E, but repeat offenders should be fined for wasting precious NHS resources. Julia mentioned statistics that show alcohol is a factor in up to 25% of hospital admissions.