Assaults on Epsom and St Helier Hospital staff rise

Sutton Guardian: Assaults on hospital staff rise Assaults on hospital staff rise

Physical assaults against hospital staff at Epsom and St Helier Hospitals have increased, according to new figures.

Last year there were 117 recorded assaults on doctors, nurses, midwives and other staff between April 2011 to March 2012 compared to 110 the previous year.

Neil Guite, a matron for the A&E department at St Helier Hospital, said: "Over the years I have seen staff punched and kicked and they always remain so incredibly calm under this sort of intimidation and pressure. 

"Then there is all the verbal abuse that occurs. This happens more often than physical assaults but can be just as upsetting and intimidating for members of staff."

 More than 50 ‘zero tolerance’ letters were sent to people who had abused staff across the hospitals last year.

Matthew Hopkins, chief executive, said one assault was one too many and should not happen at all.

He said: "We will continue to support our staff and do all we can to ensure they feel safe at all times. 

"This includes making sure staff are trained to deal with difficult situations and by working with the police to ensure offenders are prosecuted.

"I hope that by publishing these figures we remind people just how unacceptable it is to abuse - verbally or physically - a member of our staff".

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12:49pm Thu 17 Jan 13

AlexTB says...

It is absolutely disgusting how some people treat tose who are trying their best to help us when we need it.

It is beyond belief.
It is absolutely disgusting how some people treat tose who are trying their best to help us when we need it. It is beyond belief. AlexTB
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5:01pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Cicero 35 says...

Its terrible the way staff are treated and should face the full force of the law;
But reading the national press how some patients are abused in some hospitals,I ask the question are some of the patient trying to defend themselves???
Its terrible the way staff are treated and should face the full force of the law; But reading the national press how some patients are abused in some hospitals,I ask the question are some of the patient trying to defend themselves??? Cicero 35
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