North East UK news Hospitals prep for scenes 'like New Year's Eve' as pubs open MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Police bosses in some parts of the country have also said they'll be on standby for disruption as drinkers return to pubs for the first time since March
Breaking News ! Police and the NHS are getting ready for a night of drunken revelry that could be as busy as New Year's Eve, as pubs reopen this weekend. One police officer said he feared accident and emergency departments could become "a circus full of drunken clowns" on Saturday night, while a top doctor said hospital staff were anxious about an alcohol-fuelled rise in demand, The Mirror reports. Hospitals have officially been told to make preparations for a surge of patients in A&E ahead of the mass reopenings. The Health Service Journal reports on an email from NHS England officials to hospital trusts, ordering managers to "ensure that your demand/activity planning reflects a busy weekend, with peaks in activity into the evenings similar to that of New Year's Eve". Managers were also told to reflect the likely surge in their staffing as well as reducing bed occupancy ahead of the weekend in case of a rise in admitted patients. Dr Ian Higginson, vice president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said increased demand on already-stretched emergency departments is "somewhat difficult for us to think about". He said: "Staff aren't particularly looking forward to a weekend where numbers could potentially increase and that increase could be in relation to alcohol. Read More Related Articles Stack in Newcastle changes new paid bookings policy after customer complaints Read More Related Articles Covid-19 pandemic in Newcastle "very different" to Leicester as deaths drop below normal levels "I would urge the public to think about hospitals and think about emergency departments in that way and to continue to look after the NHS and their staff and to be considerate in the way they behave to try and not end up in our departments." Meanwhile, police forces across the country have said they are preparing for Saturday night, with more officers set to be on the street. Tim Clarke from the Metropolitan Police Federation, that represents officers up to the rank of chief inspector, said he feared this weekend "could be anything but a 'Super Saturday' for police officers". He said: "This could have been mitigated by waiting until Monday to further relax the Government guidelines to us all - but as always, policing and police officers will do the best we can in the challenging circumstances.
. "We have more violence, street disorder, sexual assaults, missing people and injured people who may need medical assistance. All of these impose significant strain on policing and our colleagues in the NHS... "Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, local A&Es on Friday and Saturday nights were at times akin to a circus full of drunken clowns. We do not need this once again. "It is known that alcohol lowers inhibitions and I truly hope the vast majority of public maintain their common sense, remembering we are still living under the cloud of Covid." London's Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick told BBC Radio Four's Today programme: "There will be a lot more ready should people be out of order, should people get violent. But I'm not predicting that at this stage."
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