December 16, 2013

Violent Attacks Against Hospital Staff Increase

Violent attacks against staff in a West Yorkshire hospital have risen, figures have revealed.

Forty-nine incidents of violence have taken place at Airedale Hospital in the past year, with 27 resulting in injury. Over a three-year period, the total has exceeded 140.

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust has set up a staff support group to investigate reported incidents of physical assault or verbal abuse by patients, carers or other members of the public. 

A hospital spokesman said: “The number of incidents of violence and aggression against our staff has risen very slightly, but this could be because of better reporting systems that are now in place for both verbal and physical abuse.”

The latest yearly figure compares with 46 incidents in 2010-11, which included 24 resulting in injury.

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