Friday, 6 June 2008

Arrest Avoidance

Have not posted for a while as a post by mouse here has given me food for thought. I have had a lot of things to write about but it has been difficult to make them truly anonymous, so as I like my job and still have a mortgage to pay I have held back. This story however could and does happen in every city.
Female brought in by police under arrest for shoplifting. Caught in the act but decided that she did not want to go to jail or was trying to make the police's life as difficult as possible. Claimed that she had taken an overdose of Diazepam and needed to be taken to hospital. Police know that this is BS but have no choice but to bring her up. We know this is BS but have no choice but to admit her for observation. So she is admitted to the ward with 2 policemen as escort. First thing she does is demand food, now as it took a while to process her through custody then get her up to us it is now well past dinner time, next food will be breakfast in approximately 13 hours. We will stretch to some tea and toast and we might be able to find a sandwich but that is all we have to offer. Not good enough for this lady, she informs the police that they have a duty to feed her - correct, but she is not in the cells so they can't help and the hospital has different rules and is not governed by the criminal procedures act. She then starts shouting at us to feed her. We pointed out that this is a hospital, not a hotel and once the meals are finished that is that and we have no way to get her food. Next thing was a demand for food to be brought in from a fast food shop - curry, kebab, pizza, whatever. Sorry, that is against hospital policy in case of food poisoning. Surprise, surprise, she decides that there is nothing wrong with her after all and wants to discharge herself. So off she goes back to her cell instead of a nice comfy hospital bed which also releases 2 very amused police officers to go and do something just a bit more constructive.

4 comments:

Louise said...

Man Alive! This kind of thing really irritates me!!!

foxymoron said...

I just love you, by the way... please don't ever leave us.

gab said...

But what about the bill? She will get billed right? I bet she doesnt pay either. Some people!

GrumpyRN said...

Sorry Gab, nobody gets a bill in UK. Medical treatment is free at the point of use. If you work you will pay national insurance from your salary. The amount paid in national insurance does not cover everything that is paid out so government has to chip in. As an aside, I came across a nurses blog where she said she paid $300 a month for health insurance, I pay more than this but also get unemployment benefit and a state pension from this. In UK we were promised that the state would look after us from the "cradle to the grave".