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Drastic action needed to sort out A&E drunks

Having been infuriated at reading Lisa Smyth's article on drunks at our A&E departments at weekends (News, March 12), I have come to the conclusion that drastic action needs to be taken.

My suggestion is to stream these violators away from the actual A&E areas and have them 'treated' in a separate section.

These could be some distance from patients who need urgent treatment and could be manned by part-time staff at weekends only, plus additional staff to deal with the more violent types.

Perhaps members of the PSNI could also be allocated for these duties.

If something isn't accomplished to alleviate these awful situations in our hospitals, then God help us if ever we have to be admitted with a proper ailment.

JAMES KELLY

Ballynahinch, Co Down

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