P-05-795 Causing Nuisance or Disturbance on NHS Premises
This petition was submitted by Claire Thomas having collected 74 signatures online.
S119 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 created powers to deal with persons who cause nuisance or disturbance on NHS premises. This was never enacted in Wales, and there are no provisions to deal with persons who create problems for the NHS in this manner.
There are numerous individuals who cause issues whilst on NHS premises, and the police receive many calls to deal with such behaviour, but there is no way of dealing with the issue effectively as there is no specific offence which the police can use to deter people who, without reasonable excuse, either cause a disturbance or nuisance, refuse to leave the premises when asked, or is not on the premises for the purpose of obtaining medical advice, treatment or care.
The cost to health services and the police in dealing with persons who cause nuisance on NHS premises is significant. A number of these individuals present repeatedly, and there are no powers to deal with this. Their presence also causes distress to others who do present to the NHS for genuine reasons. S119 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 has been used successfully by police and health in England to address the issue since the specific section came into force in 2009, yet there is no power to do so in Wales, and although Welsh government suggested that there would be the development of similar powers to address the issue in Wales, this has not been forthcoming.
This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 09/02/2021.
The Committee considered the correspondence received and, in light of the length of time that has elapsed since the petition was submitted without a substantial update or progress having been made, and given the lack of further responses from the petitioner since the petition was submitted, the Committee agreed to close the petition and thank the petitioner.
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It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 23/01/2018.
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Business type: Petition
Reason considered: Senedd Business;
First published: 12/12/2017