0370 270 6000

A waste of time

8 June 2010

Christopher Dearlove, a 41 year old homeless man, was recently issued with a three year criminal anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) for costing the NHS tens of thousands of pounds in wasted care. This action by the NHS CFSMS shows that Trusts acting together gives the NHS a powerful weapon to fight back.

Whilst it sends out a strong message to the wider public enforcing the ASBO could be problematic. The court will be reluctant to punish Mr Dearlove if he presents again but it is borderline as to whether he is genuinely ill.

Whilst the evidential burden to obtain an ASBO is quite low, gathering sufficient evidence for a case like this will also have been very time consuming and it no doubt took many years before anyone realised the problems.

The only failsafe way to spot this sort of problem early on would be through a national identity card system combined with an electronic patient record – so for the foreseeable future old-fashioned vigilance and common sense will have to be the watchwords for the NHS.

Related opinions

Building Safety Bill receives Royal Assent

The new regime introduced by the Act will take shape over the next 18 months, but those who design, build or manage high rise buildings are being urged to get ready for the changes to be introduced through the act.

View blog

Local Health Systems: Relationships not structures

The Local Government Information Unit’s Local Democracy Research Centre report, there are calls for a reinvigorated role for local government as leaders of local health systems, to develop and strengthen relationships of trust, transparency and cooperation.

View blog

The UK’s first domestic subsidy control case

We waited more than a year for it, but the wait is over – we finally have a domestic case on the new subsidy control regime.

View blog

Right to Work Checks: Changes from 6 April 2022

From 6 April 2022, right to work checks on all migrant or settled prospective employees must be online and checks on British or Irish nationals will be manual (free) or digital (charged for).

View blog

Mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up