June 11th, 2010

And on and on

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

David has issues. Issues that the police are not equipped to deal with. Issues that the ambulance crew aren’t equipped to deal with. Issues that the mental health teams should be dealing with but probably aren’t equipped to deal with.

So the ambulance & police have to deal with him. Every day.

He was once hostile towards an ambulance crew. They now have a marker on his address which says their crew is not to attend without police presence. Sometimes these markers are more than valid, other times they appear to be completely irrelevant, often the ambulance crews themselves say they don’t know why they are told not to go in without police because they’ve dealt with the person loads of times without a problem.

David can call 4 or 5 times a day. He always rings 999 & reports to ambulance that he is short of breath. Ambulance always call police. Police don’t always attend because we don’t class it as a priority one call & we don’t have officers sitting round waiting for calls. Often the ambulance call back saying we’re not required before we’ve got someone free to attend, quite often actually. I don’t think David gets taken to hospital much, I presume he just gets assured that there’s nothing wrong with him & left until he rings again, which might be an hour or a day later.

And so it goes.

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9 comments

  1. boy on a bike says:

    Care in the Community was supposed to save money. All it’s done is shift the spending from one department to a bunch of others. A fine example of joined up thinking!

    June 11th, 2010 at 23:45

  2. PC A Hunn says:

    Why is the neighbourhood policing team not looking to do him for miss use of the 999 system. Had a few done in our neck of the woods. If he’s too mad then they should be bugging the hell out of the social services. They do do things if your a pain in the arse for them in my experience.

    June 12th, 2010 at 11:20

  3. shijuro says:

    David needs an ASBO (or CRASBO) with clauses not to call 999 unless it’s an emergency…

    Failing that…

    A mental health system with the staff to cope with such people…

    June 12th, 2010 at 19:01

  4. Blueknight says:

    There is at least one in every town.

    CPS won’t run a prosecution or an ASBO because the offender’s mental health issues are so serious

    Mental Health teams won’t commit him because the offender’s mental health issues are not serious enough.

    Hands up who has read a bulletin warning ‘don’t arrest —— on a 136 MHA, the doctor/social worker won’t commit him.

    June 12th, 2010 at 22:39

  5. shijuro says:

    Hi, sorry to be a pest! If you have 5, can you add a link to my blogg please (I have added yours)…

    http://shijuronotgeorgedixon.wordpress.com/

    June 13th, 2010 at 10:35

  6. annette says:

    He needs help….and I don’t mean by police officers or ambulance men.
    I mean psychiatric help.
    I know this is more work for you at first, but can’t you see his doctor and tell him what hes doing? I bet his doctor doesn’t even know.
    Then it is his doctors responsibility, to get him to see someone about this obsession he has.
    And it is an obsession.
    Can you do this?

    June 13th, 2010 at 11:16

  7. shijuro says:

    We can tell them…

    Won’t do any good though… Where will he go?

    June 13th, 2010 at 13:24

  8. Tony F says:

    So much for ‘care in the community’

    June 13th, 2010 at 17:44

  9. shijuro says:

    thanks for the link 200…

    June 14th, 2010 at 19:03

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