Cases of A&E staff abuse have fallen by more than half

Jim Hume
Jim Hume

Figures have been released showing a reduction in the number of abusive incidents involving A&E staff at NHS Borders.

A report responding to a freedom of information request from the Liberal Democrats shows the number of abusive incidents is less than half that of a year ago.

In 2012 there were 52 incidents noted, while last year that number was down to just 22.

Over those two years, Borders NHS suffered the fifth highest number of such attacks, 74, among Scotland’s 14 health boards.

Despite the reduction, South Scotland Lib Dem MSP Jim Hume has condemned the extent of physical and verbal abuse hurled at nurses, doctors, porters and administrative staff at A&E units.

Mr Hume said: “NHS staff at A&E units have a tough enough time trying to save the lives of patients in often traumatic conditions.

“It is shameful that A&E staff are having to fend off violent and verbal attacks whilst trying to do their job. A total of 774 attacks were recorded in Scotland as a whole over the two-year period.

“The minority of people who attack our A&E staff should recognise that this will not be tolerated.”

Meanwhile, NHS Borders is inviting registered nurses and nidwives to attend a ‘one stop shop’ Nurse Bank recruitment event on Thursday, February 27, in the HR Department at BGH.

Nurses and midwives, including student nurses awaiting NMC registration, who are interested in joining the Nurse Bank should visit between 10am and 2pm.

Full details are found at www.nhsborders.org.uk/nhs-vacancies.