Patient violence rise in Scotland

There was a 7 per cent increase in the number of violent patients removed from lists last year in Scotland.

Nearly 50 patients were struck off lists in Lothian and Greater Glasgow in 2006/7 alone because they were a threat to staff compared with 39 in 2005/6.

Statistics released by Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon showed that 89 patients in Scotland were removed in 2006/7 because of violent behaviour.

The number has risen slightly from 83 reported in 2005/6.

Scottish GPC chairman Dr Dean Marshall said: 'GPs have welcomed legislation that provides additional legal protection to doctors who are assaulted when on duty.'

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

Scottish Parliament

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