Violence towards hospital staff increases

PUBLISHED: 10:02 10 May 2014

Weston General Hospital.

Weston General Hospital.

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VIOLENCE towards doctors and nursing staff is on the rise at Weston General Hospital.

Almost 100 incidents occurred in the last two months according to Weston Area Health NHS Trust (WAHT), and they mainly concern aggression and abuse towards its employees.

A WAHT spokesman promised that any act of aggression against a member of staff would be acted upon.

A recent staff survey raised the issue to the trust’s board as one of the most important and in need of addressing.

The number of incidents has been steadily on the increase, with every month since August being worse than the corresponding month both 12 and 24 months previously.

More than 40 acts of abuse have been recorded every month since August. That mark was only reached three times in the preceeding 28 months.

The WAHT spokesman said a lot of the violence came from ill patients who were not fully aware of their actions.

She added: “We always take any aggression towards our staff extremely seriously.

“The majority of reported incidents in the hospital are from patients who are cognitively impaired, have dementia or are in a confused state.

“Violence and aggressive behaviour against our staff is an ongoing concern and a new programme of training, procedures and support is in place for staff and will be developed further over the summer.

“We are also working with an external security consultant on this plan to help protect our employees in the workplace.”

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