October 18, 2012

Hospital workers sexually assaulted and racially abused

Hospital staff have been sexually assaulted, racially abused and attacked with weapons within the last year reports the Hertfordshire Mercury.

The Mercury reveals statistics obtained under the freedom of information act show a catalogue of abuse against health workers at Stevenage’s Lister Hospital, Welwyn’s Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Harlow’s Princess Alexandra Hospital [PAH] and Enfield’s Chase Farm Hospital.

In the past year, staff  at Stevenage's Lister Hospital were hit with weapons and sexually assaulted and five years of data show there have been 1,457 incidents involving staff, with more than a third occurring at PAH.

Figures from April 2011 to March 2012 show 104 incidents in total at the 489 bed Harlow hospital, with 53 cases of physical abuse, assault or violence and 25 of verbal abuse or disruption. Fifteen were categorised under ‘abuse – other’ and nine under ‘disruptive, aggressive behaviour – other’. One sexual assault and one assault with a weapon were also recorded. It is not known how many of the incidents were referred to police.

Bill Dickson, Head of Security said: "We take all assaults within the hospital extremely seriously."

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