After a successful pilot scheme in Kent using senior accident and emergency staff, forces nationwide are being urged
to follow suit. It would replace the slow and expensive system of calling out police surgeons.
A Kent Police spokesman said: 'There is a dawning realisation that many things which used to be done by doctors can be done perfectly well by nurses. It will give those in custody reassurance that there is someone there to care for them. It will reassure families of those detained and pressure groups unhappy about the way medical care is dealt with.