Drunk tanks may become norm, NHS boss warns ‘selfish’ revellers

Source: BBC News

Drunk tanks may have to become the norm in towns and cities to keep “selfish” revellers out of A&E, the head of the NHS in England says.

Simon Stevens said he would be closely monitoring how the mobile units cope on New Year’s Eve before deciding whether they should become a regular feature.

Drunk tanks provide a safe place for those who have over-indulged to be checked over and sleep it off.

They are often used over the festive period to stop people ending up at A&E.

There are around 16 mobile units – also known as booze buses – across the UK, according to a recent survey, and a number of cities operate them all year round, including Newcastle, Cardiff, Manchester and Bristol.

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