Abusive drunks should be charged for treatment in A&E units, the Liberal Democrats have said.
Health spokesman Norman Lamb made the suggestion if people are particularly foul and abusive to staff.
He said: ‘If you go out on a Friday or Saturday night and get very drunk and you end up in accident and emergency, and you are foul and abusive to staff who are already overstretched, then is it right that you should get that care entirely for free, or are there consequences to your actions?
‘And I think there is a case for saying that someone in those circumstances should be asked to pay for their care.’
The idea will be considered by the Lib Democrat’s health policy working group at its annual conference in Brighton this weekend.