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Committee examines response of health services and night time economy in spiking inquiry

18 January 2022

The Home Affairs Committee continues its inquiry into spiking on Wednesday 19 January with two sessions focussing on the response of the health sector and the night time economy.

The first panel will focus on medical support for spiking victims and feature representatives of St John Ambulance and the Royal College for Emergency Medicine. It will examine the experiences of first responders dealing with spiking and investigate if there has been an increase in spiking incidents. It will examine how victims are supported by health services and what treatments are available to individuals who have had their drink spiked or are worried about having been injected. 

The second panel includes representatives of the Night Time Industries Association, the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities’ Board and the Security Industry Authority. It will examine the work being done by local authorities and the night-time economy to improve awareness of spiking, both in businesses and among their clientele. It will also investigate how staff are trained to identify spiking incidents and how they can better support victims. 

Witnesses

Wednesday 19 January

Panel 1 

  • Jade Quittenton, St John Ambulance, Night time economy lead 
  • Dr Adrian Boyle, Vice President of the Royal College for Emergency Medicine

Panel 2 

  • Michael Kill, Chair of the Night Time Industries Association
  • Councillor Jeanie Bell, member of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities’ Board and Cabinet Member for Community Safety at St Helen’s Council
  • Paul Fullwood, Director of Inspections and Enforcement, Security Industry Authority

Further information

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