Rise in violent patients removed from lists 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 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. However this only creates additional legal rights after the attack has taken place, it does not in itself prevent attacks in the first place.   

‘Last year's serious attacks on GPs in Glasgow and Lothian illustrate just how vulnerable GPs are even when they are consulting in their practice, 'he said.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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