I believe that I know Michael Stone and if he is who I believe he is then Anon 10th Feb 12:18 is way off the mark. MS is in a strong position to comment on this subject.
What I would have found interesting would have been if there were a change in manning proportions at weekends where we already know there is a change in mortality rates, and what the effect of the weekend spike is on these figures overall.
As I mentioned in one of the other threads, all Trusts contribute hard cash to the NHSLA/CNST negligence funds for claims to be paid out of, why doesn't the Government compel brewers/distillers etc to do the same. The cost will be passed onto the customer and of course that means those who drink more will pay more which to me sounds like a win-win situation. Then - unlike with speed cameras - we need to ensure that the revenue raised by this scheme goes to the NHS and not somewhere else.
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Here's a thought for you. Why not identify which drinks - or types of drinks lead to injuries. It won't take those academics at John Moores more than a couple of years to work out that it is generally bottled drinks (nice handy weapon too) that could be in the frame and then the Government can target the sales of those drinks. There aren't too many real ale drinkers who run amok through Manchester at 3am on a Sunday so my occasional pint is safe!
Then, along the same lines as the CNST/NHSLA funds are contributed into by all Trusts to settle negligence claims etc, the drinks industry can actually contribute through its sales directly to the NHS.
Such a good idea I think, perhaps we could improve road safety by spending money raised by speed camera fines into improving the roads...... oh wait a minute....
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Mike, it is probably because Scottish Law is a bit different to the rest of the country and nothing to do with the relatively (apparently) heavy drinking culture in areas of Scotland.
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Top post Steve, whilst I don't pretend to understand the full background that you described, I was a mental health nurse for twenty five years and I know what you mean about the way that holism is not truly recognised, and that few people if any are capable of total empathy. You are also absolutely correct to criticise NT for intruding on this subject - especially as they have a track record for under reporting on most issues connected to mental health and learning disability nursing.