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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 November 2005, 09:53 GMT
Pub ban plan for hospital drunks
Drunk people who abuse staff at a Cumbrian hospital are set to be banned from pubs and clubs.

Furness General Hospital, in Barrow, has signed up to the Barwatch scheme which lists participating pubs.

Anyone drunk or violent has their name circulated around all the premises in the scheme and the person is then banned from them all.

West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven has joined a similar project and other hospitals are set to sign up shortly.

Jon Lenney, from Furness General Hospital, said: "The incidents are getting more numerous and more serious.

'Incredible impact'

"I think we need to do whatever we can as an organisation to control and contain it, working with other organisations, such as the police."

The West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven has been running a similar project, set up with the help of Insp Joe Murray from Cumbria Police.

He said: "Some Accident and Emergency staff were going to work on a Friday and Saturday with full expectations they were going to be abused by drunks."

Mr Murray said the scheme seems to have had more effect than a fine or night in the cells.

He said: "In my experience, exclusion from licensed premises has an incredible impact on an individual's social life.

"Word is getting around now that this behaviour will not be tolerated."

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