NHS ‘fails’ chil­dren

Coventry Telegraph - - News - By NEIL LANCEFIELD News Re­porter news­[email protected]­ing­ham­mail.co.uk Gatwick air­port suf­fered a re­cent shut­down

CHIL­DREN with men­tal health con­di­tions are be­ing “failed” by the NHS and min­is­ters must step up ac­tion to in­crease staff num­bers to com­bat the prob­lem, a group of MPs has said.

A re­port by the Com­mons Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee found that re­cruit­ment work had pro­gressed more slowly than planned, point­ing to re­search that found just three in 10 chil­dren and young peo­ple with a di­ag­nos­able men­tal health con­di­tion re­ceived treat­ment in 2017/18. ALL UK air­ports must buy anti-drone equip­ment be­cause the Royal Air Force should not have to step in every time the de­vices are flown near run­ways.

That is the view of De­fence Sec­re­tary Gavin Wil­liamson, who says air­ports have to in­vest in tech­nol­ogy which can de­tect and de­ter the gad­gets.

The mil­i­tary has been called in to the UK’s two busiest air­ports in re­cent weeks after drone sight­ings caused flights to be grounded.

Depar­tures at Heathrow were sus­pended for an hour on Tues­day night, while the travel plans of 140,000 Gatwick pas­sen­gers were af­fected over three days shortly be­fore Christ­mas.

Both air­ports have said they will in­vest mil­lions of pounds to tackle the threat from drones.

A sys­tem which can de­tect, track and ground the de­vices has been in­stalled on the roof of Gatwick’s South Ter­mi­nal fol­low­ing last month’s chaos.

Many of Britain’s busiest air­ports, such as the main Lon­don air­ports, Manch­ester, Birm­ing­ham, New­cas­tle and Ed­in­burgh, all told the min­is­ters that they have drone de­tec­tion equip­ment in place or are plan­ning to in­stall it, the Birm­ing­ham Mail un­der­stands.

Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity fig­ures show that 120 near-misses be­tween drones and air­craft were re­ported in the year to De­cem­ber 4 2018 – up 29 per cent on the to­tal of 93 in the whole of 2017.

Just six in­ci­dents were recorded in 2014 be­fore they be­came fash­ion­able.

Avi­a­tion min­is­ter Baroness Sugg and se­cu­rity min­is­ter Ben Wal­lace held a meet­ing with air­port bosses on Thurs­day to dis­cuss plans to crack down on the prob­lem. The De­part­ment for Trans­port is set­ting up a cross-Gov­ern­ment drone se­cu­rity ac­tion group to en­sure close co­op­er­a­tion with the Home Of­fice, Min­istry of De­fence and Min­istry of Jus­tice.

“I think that ev­ery­one would be ex­pect­ing all air­ports to be hav­ing this de­tec­tion, and de­ter­rence ef­fect also, at all com­mer­cial air­ports in the fu­ture,” said Mr Wil­liamson.

“It is a log­i­cal thing for them to be in­vest­ing in. It wouldn’t be right to ex­pect the RAF to be the peo­ple that are con­stantly step­ping in on this.”

On Tues­day, the Gov­ern­ment an­nounced a pack­age of mea­sures de­signed to give po­lice ex­tra pow­ers to com­bat drones. The ex­clu­sion zone around air­ports will be ex­tended to a 5km ra­dius, drone op­er­a­tors will have to take a com­pe­tency test and po­lice will also be able to is­sue fixed-penalty no­tices.

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