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NHS funds ‘drunk tanks’ to ease Christmas pressure on A&E and 999

NHS England will help fund so-called drunk tanks to take the pressure off hospital and 999 services over Christmas and the new year, chief executive Simon Stevens has announced.

Supervised areas where revellers who have over-indulged can be checked over and even sleep it off, rather than being taken to casualty or monitored by the police, are already used in some areas including Exeter, Hereford, Norwich and Blackpool.

NHS England will make up to £300,000 available over the festive period to fund dozens of services including one in London’s Soho which will now open for additional days over the festive period.