Wor­ry­ing fig­ures

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The re­cent at­tack on brave paramedics comes only a few months af­ter the Wishaw Press re­vealed the ap­palling num­ber of as­saults on hos­pi­tal staff.

The of­fi­cial NHS La­nark­shire statis­tics, ob­tained through a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest, re­vealed Wishaw Gen­eral work­ers suf­fered 394 as­saults in 2016 – the equiv­a­lent of more than one per day.

In to­tal there were 1086 as­saults over the past three years.

Wishaw Gen­eral’s 2016 fig­ure dwarves the fig­ure of La­nark­shire’s other two acute hos­pi­tals Mon­k­lands and Hairmyres.

Kenny Small, NHS La­nark­shire’s di­rec­tor of hu­man re­sources, said: “We take a zero tol­er­ance ap­proach against any­one who at­tacks any of our staff ei­ther phys­i­cally or ver­bally and we work with lo­cal po­lice in the man­age­ment of ag­gres­sive and vi­o­lent in­di­vid­u­als.

“The safety of staff and pa­tients is of paramount im­por­tance and we take the is­sue of hos­pi­tal se­cu­rity very se­ri­ously.

“Staff are en­cour­aged to re­port all vi­o­lent in­ci­dents to the po­lice and they will be fully sup­ported by NHS La­nark­shire.

“We also have manda­tory train­ing for ap­pro­pri­ate staff to en­able them to man­age vi­o­lent or po­ten­tially vi­o­lent in­di­vid­u­als.”

Ear­lier this year of­fi­cial fig­ures stated that there were 186 phys­i­cal as­saults on Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice staff last year.

In 2016-17, the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice re­ported at­tacks on fire­fight­ers at 77 in­ci­dents, a de­crease of seven in­ci­dents from the pre­vi­ous year.

Three per­son­nel were in­jured as a re­sult of these as­saults.

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