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Drunk tanks may become norm, NHS boss warns 'selfish' revellers

Drunk tanks may become norm, NHS boss warns 'selfish' revellers

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Drunk tanks may have to become the norm in towns and cities to keep "selfish" revellers out of A&E, the head of the NHS in England says.Simon Stevens said he would be closely monitoring how the mobile units cope on New Year's Eve before deciding whether they should become a regular feature.Drunk tanks provide a safe place for those who have over-indulged to be checked over and sleep it off.They are often used over the festive period to stop people ending up at A&E.A number of cities have already introduced the units - also known as booze buses - all-year-round, including Newcastle, Cardiff, Manchester and Bristol.And now Mr Stevens said he may start recommending others follow suit, given an estimated 15% of attendances at A&E are due to alcohol consumption.This rises to about 7...