Report: NHS hospitals call police 175 times a day

Incidents up from previous year with alcohol cited as main cause

January 9, 2015

The U.K.'s National Health Service (NHS) hospitals call police 175 times a day, according to a recent report. Figures show 64,728 incidents in 2013 — up 1,700 from 2012. Alcohol was cited as the primary cause, according to an article on the Daily Mail website.

Police are being called about crimes every 10 minutes, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

Police were called to cases including visitors sexually abusing staff, brawls between patients, racially aggravated behavior and people brandishing weapons such as knives, the article said.

Margaret Watt of the Scotland Patients Association said: 'The problem is we don't have any security on our doors, like there is with airport security. Anyone is free to walk in with a knife.

'The security of patients and staff is paramount and these crimes are multiplying. This should give us a wake-up call."

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