Metropolitan Police will no longer respond to mental health calls

The Metropolitan Police will stop responding to 999 calls for mental health-related emergencies as of September. Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley has advised the health and social care services that officers won’t be sent out unless there is a threat to life. The police claim that thousands of hours of police time are lost each month and that the current system fails patients and Londoners.

More than 10,000 hours are being spent each month by police on “what exactly is mainly a health matter.” Instead of dealing with those who require specialised medical care, it is meant to free up police to concentrate on crime and its victims.

Officers will continue to respond when there is an immediate threat to life, according to the Met Police.

For the interest of patients and the broader public, we urgently need to rectify the imbalance of power where police officers are left to handle health-related duties.

The Met chief thinks the change is urgently required since it takes police officers out of their primary duty of fighting crime and fails people who require medical professionals when they show up instead.

Because of budget cuts and at a time when mental health services are already overburdened, the idea may cause anxiety among ambulance drivers, paramedics, and NHS employees.

Rowley gave the Met’s health and social care partners a 99-day window to prepare for the shift in his letter, which was delivered on May 24.

A new national programme dubbed right care, right person (RCRP) has been discussed by police and health authorities as a way to lessen the load of mental health on police.

In order to free up officers to focus on their primary responsibilities of preventing and detecting crime, preserving community safety, and offering victim support, health services must take precedence in the care of the mentally ill.

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