Teachers and nurses 'should face drug tests'
Tuesday 29 January 2013
Teachers, intensive care nurses and transport staff should face mandatory drug tests at work, Britain's most senior police officer has claimed.
The claim from Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, that millions of workers should take random tests is likely to prove controversial with civil liberties groups and trade unions. In a speech to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cannabis and Children, Sir Bernard said anyone who failed the mandatory tests and refused help to get clean should lose their jobs.
He said testing should take place in "all occupations" but cited Britain's public sector workers in particular, claiming the fear of losing jobs would act as a deterrent to cannabis use.
"It seems to me we have got to plant in people's minds something to affect the demand as well as supply," Sir Bernard said. "You can think of many occupations where if you were working with a colleague you would want to be sure in fact that they were drug-free."
He said parents born in the 1960s and 70s, were failing to warn their children about the dangers of modern marijuana, including skunk. He said the potency of cannabis had increased "five-fold" in the last half century.
"It is refreshing to hear a senior police office who is deeply aware of the dangers of today's cannabis," said Mary Brett, from the Cannabis Skunk Sense charity.
In the US, random drug testing is commonplace. Companies say the tests help identify theft risk and improve employee reliability and productivity.
Black Friday 2014: Opening times for Asda, John Lewis, GAME, PC World and Argos
Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado's stylist Luis Alfredo Garcia is found stabbed to death
Sean Abbott: Messages of support flood in for bowler following death of batsman Phil Hughes
Kim Jong-un proves 'in dire need of allies' within his own government as younger sister appointed to senior role
Dr Lam Hoe Yeoh: Voyeur doctor jailed for eight years after using network of hidden cameras to film patients, colleagues and friends on the toilet
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'
- 1 Exodus Gods and Kings: Ridley Scott never considered casting 'Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such' in lead role
- 2 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
- 3 'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
- 4 Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries
- 5 Obama: The only people with the right to object to immigration are Native Americans