Drunks in Lewisham and Greenwich cost ambulance service a total £422,000 in one year

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New figures might leave you reeling after it was revealed Lewisham’s drunks cost London’s Ambulance Service (LAS) around £219k in just one year.

Greenwich’s binge-drinkers stagger close behind after FOI figures requested by GLA Conservatives show LAS spent around £203k between 2012 to 2013 responding to and treating drunks in the borough.

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There are calls for ‘booze buses’ to be brought to the capital’s binge-drinking hotspots and stop clogging up emergency services and prisons with a total £16m LAS cash spent across London on drunks.

LAS responded to 945 alcohol-related incidents in Lewisham between 2012 to 2013 which makes it the 14th worst borough in terms of binge-drinking callouts in the capital.

Meanwhile ambulance staff had to attend 879 similar incidents in Greenwich for the same period which makes it the 16th worst London borough.

A new report by GLA Conservatives On the Wagon calls for sobering centres and booze buses, manned by nurses, to operate on troubled high streets all year round.

GLA Conservative London Assembly Member Gareth Bacon said: “Many people like a tipple but our public services should not be catering for bingers who can’t handle their drink.

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“Our ambulances, prison cells and A&Es are designed for medical emergencies or dangerous criminals, yet we are seeing London’s drunks hogging these services, costing the Capital millions of pounds.”

He went on to say the booze buses and sobering centres could provide low-level treatment such as blood pressure and blood sugar checks as well as a bed for the night.

Greenwich currently has 704 on and off licenced locations which sobering services could be targeted towards while Lewisham has 659.

The report stresses services would be for binge-drinkers and not for people with alcohol poisoning or chronic alcoholism who should seek NHS help.

It also calls for Parliament to double drunk fines to £180 and target drunk individuals who repeatedly use public services.

The GLA Conservative group believe fines could help encourage better drinking behaviour in Greenwich where 14 per cent of over 16s reportedly engage in binge-drinking with 13 per cent in Lewisham.

Mr Bacon added: “We need to deter this behaviour by doubling fines for drunkenness to £180 and hitting those who repeatedly abuse our health services, many of whom are currently getting off scot-free.

“The cash raised could fund targeted support and guidance for repeat offenders. The Mayor of London needs to lobby Parliament to make this happen and I’ll be urging him to do so. ”

To view the full report visit glaconservatives.co.uk/ow

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11:11am Wed 2 Jul 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Said all along, these pssssheads have and will be a drain on the emergency services both in time, medication and overall costs to the taxpayer, but some people seem to think they're the 'salt of the earth', whether its the sign of the times today or not Its about time, our services left them to it, being human rights or pc correct or not, they are a bloody great unnecessary drain on the services, and more vital patients lives could be dealt with during the time wasted on these wasters.
Now for the thumbs down................
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Said all along, these pssssheads have and will be a drain on the emergency services both in time, medication and overall costs to the taxpayer, but some people seem to think they're the 'salt of the earth', whether its the sign of the times today or not Its about time, our services left them to it, being human rights or pc correct or not, they are a bloody great unnecessary drain on the services, and more vital patients lives could be dealt with during the time wasted on these wasters. Now for the thumbs down................ . sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 1

11:28am Wed 2 Jul 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Yet we spend God only knows how much trying ( and failing ) to police people having a harmless puff.

Baccy and booze is legal though ???
Yet we spend God only knows how much trying ( and failing ) to police people having a harmless puff. Baccy and booze is legal though ??? Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 2

11:38am Wed 2 Jul 14

PaulErith says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
Said all along, these pssssheads have and will be a drain on the emergency services both in time, medication and overall costs to the taxpayer, but some people seem to think they're the 'salt of the earth', whether its the sign of the times today or not Its about time, our services left them to it, being human rights or pc correct or not, they are a bloody great unnecessary drain on the services, and more vital patients lives could be dealt with during the time wasted on these wasters.
Now for the thumbs down................

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As I've also said, one could say it's a drain, but then who do you class a "more vital patient" as you put it? Someone who's had a heart attack maybe? - but what if they're a fat bloater who did no exercise. They're as guilty of bringing it on themselves as someone that drinks too much. Either we introduce a system whereby we don't treat anyone unless they eat healthy, exercise, don't drink or smoke, or we don't discriminate.
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Said all along, these pssssheads have and will be a drain on the emergency services both in time, medication and overall costs to the taxpayer, but some people seem to think they're the 'salt of the earth', whether its the sign of the times today or not Its about time, our services left them to it, being human rights or pc correct or not, they are a bloody great unnecessary drain on the services, and more vital patients lives could be dealt with during the time wasted on these wasters. Now for the thumbs down................ .[/p][/quote]As I've also said, one could say it's a drain, but then who do you class a "more vital patient" as you put it? Someone who's had a heart attack maybe? - but what if they're a fat bloater who did no exercise. They're as guilty of bringing it on themselves as someone that drinks too much. Either we introduce a system whereby we don't treat anyone unless they eat healthy, exercise, don't drink or smoke, or we don't discriminate. PaulErith
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2:27pm Wed 2 Jul 14

the wall says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
Said all along, these pssssheads have and will be a drain on the emergency services both in time, medication and overall costs to the taxpayer, but some people seem to think they're the 'salt of the earth', whether its the sign of the times today or not Its about time, our services left them to it, being human rights or pc correct or not, they are a bloody great unnecessary drain on the services, and more vital patients lives could be dealt with during the time wasted on these wasters.
Now for the thumbs down................

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More discrimination? Where would it stop, weekend footballers? Motorbike riders? Rock climbers?


Hand them the bill in the morning !
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Said all along, these pssssheads have and will be a drain on the emergency services both in time, medication and overall costs to the taxpayer, but some people seem to think they're the 'salt of the earth', whether its the sign of the times today or not Its about time, our services left them to it, being human rights or pc correct or not, they are a bloody great unnecessary drain on the services, and more vital patients lives could be dealt with during the time wasted on these wasters. Now for the thumbs down................ .[/p][/quote]More discrimination? Where would it stop, weekend footballers? Motorbike riders? Rock climbers? Hand them the bill in the morning ! the wall
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4:09pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Gypo.Joe says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
Said all along, these pssssheads have and will be a drain on the emergency services both in time, medication and overall costs to the taxpayer, but some people seem to think they're the 'salt of the earth', whether its the sign of the times today or not Its about time, our services left them to it, being human rights or pc correct or not, they are a bloody great unnecessary drain on the services, and more vital patients lives could be dealt with during the time wasted on these wasters.
Now for the thumbs down................

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What about your clientele picking up STDs ?

Who gets charged you or them ?
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Said all along, these pssssheads have and will be a drain on the emergency services both in time, medication and overall costs to the taxpayer, but some people seem to think they're the 'salt of the earth', whether its the sign of the times today or not Its about time, our services left them to it, being human rights or pc correct or not, they are a bloody great unnecessary drain on the services, and more vital patients lives could be dealt with during the time wasted on these wasters. Now for the thumbs down................ .[/p][/quote]What about your clientele picking up STDs ? Who gets charged you or them ? Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 1
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