Well it’s not Crackerjack that’s for sure !!!
(If you’re not sure what that means ask you mum or dad)
Of course, as many long in the tooth response bobbies know, five o’clock on a Friday is that time when you get the desperate ‘concern for welfare’ call from Social Services that must be acted on straight away …. well actually in ten minutes time after they’ve all gone home for the weekend.
Its always the same; Social Services have known about the concern since nine o’clock Monday morning and done nothing but come the end of their cuddly 9-5 week and it suddenly becomes an SEP job to them – Someone Else’s Problem …..
So out we go, find there is actually something that needs dealing with asap so its back on the phone to Social Services and of course …. no one is there but the cleaner (who would probably do a better job anyway).
So, Out of Hours Team it has to be then, which means several hours waiting for a call back from some uninterested soul the other side of the county who has no access to this patients file, has never heard of them and desparately wants to get back to watching whatever garbage is on Channel 4 at that moment.
Needless to say this single job could, and very often does, tie up two police officers (aka half the shift) for most of the evening ….. just what you need on a Friday !!!!!
Fast track option ?? Convince said subject their best chance is a trip to A&E to speak to the doctors there and it’s an SEP job for us.
Sorry n all that if you were waiting at the Bigtown Infirmary to get that plastic cucumber removed from a very unusual place when we came in but it’s the system’s fault you see …. and that’s Someone Else’s Problem.