Vi­o­lence to health staff up by 46%

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NEW fig­ures have re­vealed a huge in­crease in cases of ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour to­wards NHS Tay­side staff.

The fig­ures, re­leased in re­sponse to a free­dom of in­for­ma­tion in­quiry, showed there were 926 cases of ver­bal or phys­i­cal ag­gres­sion to­wards staff in 2014/15.

That rose to 985 the fol­low­ing year but then rock­eted to 1,438 in­ci­dents in 2016/17 — a 46% in­crease.

Nor­man Provan, Royal Col­lege of Nurses Scot­land as­so­ciate di­rec­tor, said: “Nurses should not have to put up with ver­bal or phys­i­cal as­saults from those they are car­ing for or their fam­i­lies. All health boards have a duty of care to pro­tect their staff from at­tack.”

In 2016/17 there were 642 cases of phys­i­cal ag­gres­sion by a pa­tient or vis­i­tor and 404 in­ci­dents of ver­bal ag­gres­sion.

In ad­di­tion, there were 392 cases of ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour where the na­ture was not spec­i­fied.

NHS Tay­side di­rec­tor of hu­man re­sources Ge­orge Do­herty said: “NHS Tay­side vig­or­ously en­forces a zero tol­er­ance pol­icy to any kind of vi­o­lence, both phys­i­cal and ver­bal.”

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