Time for fourth option when 111 called says Minister Matt Doocey

From Midday Report, 12:16 pm on 12 February 2024

The new Mental Health Minister says it's about time Aotearoa had a fourth option when people call 111.

A recent ministerial briefing proposed police withdraw from some family harm and mental health calls, saying other agencies should fill that role.

Minister Matt Doocey says he's getting more information, but is considering a specialised first responders group for people in mental health crisis.

Doocey spoke to Charlotte Cook.