Nurses are often targets for physical attacks and foul abuse from patients.

By Lucy Ashton

Frontline NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde staff are facing on average 354 violent and aggressive incidents and threats from the public each month.

Between January 2021 and July 2021 staff across NHSGGC hospital sites were subjected to 2,479 assaults and threats, with almost 100 attacks following in the first eight days of August.

Staff continue to work tirelessly to ensure patients and service users receive the best care, against the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, but are being subjected to both verbal and physical abuse, while simply trying to do their jobs.

NHSGGC’s Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Anne MacPherson said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for everyone and we continue to rely on the professionalism of all our doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, support staff across our acute, mental health and community settings to provide the best care and support.

“Our staff come to work to help people, support patients and their families, deliver vital care and save lives. All we ask is that visitors, patients and service users treat our staff with respect to allow us to continue to care for those needing medical attention in a safe and comfortable workspace.”

Dr Scott Davidson, NHSGGC’s Deputy Medical Director – Acute services, said: “While we understand the pressures the pandemic continues to bring to us all, we cannot have visitors or those attending hospital for treatment showing such a lack of respect towards our staff.

“COVID has had a massive impact on our clinical teams, who continue to provide an exceptional level of vital care and support to patients and their loved ones during such a challenging time.

“As we continue to battle the pandemic, manage Emergency Departments, continue care in other areas and prepare for winter, our staff should not have to come to work fearing that they will be subjected to violence and threats.

“We would like to thank the thousands of people who use our services and treat our exceptional staff with the respect they deserve. We urge the minority who behave in an aggressive or violent way to do the same.”

Hundreds of idiots attack and abuse medical staff who are trying to treat them.

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