Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point, has called for the practice of using police cells for those experiencing mental health-related illnesses to be brought to an end. In a comment piece for The Independent, he says:
'If you’d just experienced a physical health crisis, a heart attack for example, you’d never be held in a police cell. If these were stroke victims, we would be rightly appalled. It just double underlines why mental health needs to be given parity of esteem with physical health'.