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Police (Response to Individuals Experiencing Mental Ill Health)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 5th December 2019.

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Photo of John Mason John Mason Scottish National Party

I thank the minister for that answer, and I am glad that progress is being made. I spent a day with the police in August, and the subject came up repeatedly. If a police officer takes someone with mental health issues to accident and emergency, they have to stay with that person, which can be for some time. Is there another system whereby somebody from the health service could take over and release the police officers in such instances?