Charge Drunks for Using A&E Say Brits

Patients who use A&E after getting drunk should pay for treatment, the majority of Brits believe.

An exclusive poll for The Sun also found huge support for charging drug users and foreign tourists.

Around 80% per cent said boozers who clog up casualty should have to pay for their care. Charging for boob jobs and cosmetic work also received heavy backing.

Drunk in the StreetBut a slim majority of 45 per cent over 39 per cent say people fighting obesity should not have to fork out for weight loss surgery.

Anthony Wells, research director at pollsters YouGov, said: “People aren’t happy about the NHS picking up the bill for things people brought on themselves – except when it might end up saving the NHS money in the long-term.”

A&E units failed to meet waiting time targets in the first week of January – after three of the worst weeks on record over Christmas.

Alcohol Concern says the number of drink-related casualty admissions hit almost six million in 2012-2013, with the bill for inpatients reaching £1.3million. Dr Cliff Mann, the head of Britain’s A&E doctors, wants drunks clogging up A&E’s to be locked up.

Both the Tories and Labour have stated they would not charge drunks to use hospitals.

But a spokesman for the drinks industry body, the Portman Group, said: “Anything that helps to make it clear that we are not prepared to tolerate drunk and disorderly behaviour should be explored .”

“The problem is – will the monies needed to tackle these issues, if taken on, be clawed back? – doubtful. The governors of our NHS, over the years, have allowed it to become unaffordable.”

2,ooo Too Fat to Work – Are They Spongers?

More than 2,000 people are living off benefits because they are too fat to work.

The number of obese claimants has almost doubled in Britain since 1997.

Some experts have blasted the fatties as “lazy”, while others claim over-eaters need medical help. Tam Fry, spokesman for the National Obesity Forum, said: “Too many people are saying: ‘I can’t work because I’m fat.’

“A lot of people might qualify if they have a medical condition they can do nothing about and they can quite legitimately get disability allowances.

Obese Man

However, far too many people get benefits simply because they are too lazy to get a job.

“A lot of people get fat because they are depressed.

“That’s not a reason to give them a disability allowance. It’s a reason for health professionals to help them tackle their weight.”

The figures emerged after an overweight mum and daughter told how they did not want to work because they rake in £36,000 a year in handouts between them.

Twenty-five stone Janice Manzur, 44, and daughter Amber, 25, from Kirckaldy, Fife, said they could not help being fat and deserved the money.

And earlier this month, Stephen Beer, 45, and Michele Coombe, 43, also claimed they were to massive to find a job.

The pair, who weigh 54st between them, claim £2,000 a month in benefits  and were married in a £3,000 ceremony.

They appeared in a Channel 5 show called Benefits: To Fat to Work.

In 1997, the number claiming incapacity benefit because of their obesity was 1,100. A spokesman for the Department of Work and Pensions said: “Being obese itself does not entitle someone to disability benefits, but rather it’s the associated long-term health effects.”

“The obese people who ‘work the system’ should be rooted out, just the same as everyone else. Obesity for some, however, causes major psychological and medical problems.”