Lord Adebowale responds to ‘Falling Short: the Met’s healthcare of detainees in custody’

News item posted: 17 March 2017

In response to the London Assembly report, 'Falling Short: the Met's healthcare of detainees in custody', Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point, Chair of the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing and Chair of the NHS England Parity of Esteem Programme Board said;

"The call for the Met to take immediate action to tackle the shortfall in nurses providing medical assessments and care for people held in police custody is welcome as is the acknowledgement of the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing report's findings.

Keeping an equal focus on mental and physical health is essential if we are to ensure parity of esteem for those experiencing mental ill health. Competent, effective policing cannot be done without this."

ENDS

• Recommendation 21 in The Independent Commission on Mental health and Policing report outlined that 'the MPS should transfer commissioning and budgetary responsibility for healthcare services in police custody suites to the NHS.' This is supported by 'Falling Short: the Met's healthcare of detainees in custody' which calls for 'establishing a clear timetable for the transition of commissioning for custody healthcare to the NHS by 2015'