Falkirk hospital staff face abuse and violence

Doctors, nurses and hospital staff are subjected to 22 incidents of violence every week
Doctors, nurses and hospital staff are subjected to 22 incidents of violence every week
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Doctors, nurses and other health service staff were subjected to 1200 incidents of violence and aggression last year in the Forth Valley.

The shocking figures show doctors, nurses and staff are under attack 22 times each week.

In 2013, 1177 incidents of physical and verbal abuse were reported by NHS Forth Valley staff.

Public Health Minister and MSP for Falkirk West Michael Matheson called the figures shameful.

He said: “Attacks on NHS staff are shameful and completely unacceptable. The NHS board takes aggression towards staff very seriously.

“No one should feel threatened at their place of work, especially not those there to help and assist.”

Mr Matheson added: “The courts need to take robust action against individuals who are found guilty of committing offences against NHS staff.”

Falkirk Sheriff Court sees individuals in the dock regularly that have committed offences against hospital and ambulance workers.

Last month a man appeared at court after pulling a knife on hospital accident and emergency staff.

Three weeks ago the tobacco control officer, there to police no smoking rules in hospital grounds, was assaulted by a man and spat at.

Helen Kelly, NHS Forth Valley human resources director, said: “Violence or aggression towards any NHS colleague is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

“Staff have the right to come to work without fearing for their personal safety and any incidents involving violence are reported to the police.

“We take the safety of our staff seriously and provide training and support on handling potentially violent or aggressive situations.

“We also have security officers available 24 hours a day at Forth Valley Royal Hospital together with CCTV monitoring.”