Violence against doctors must stop

The British Medical Association Northern Ireland has called on the NI Health Minister, Paul Goggins, to take immediate action to stop violence against doctors and other healthcare workers.

Violent patient
Violent patient
The BMA (NI) has undertaken a survey of 1,000 doctors, from across all specialities. Almost 50 per cent of these respondents said that violence in the workplace is a problem and more than a quarter said that violence in the past year had increased.

Slightly more GPs reported an increase in violence than hospital doctors.

Fifty-per cent of the doctors said that the level of violence had not changed, but only two said it had decreased.

Incidents ranged from being kicked, scratched and shoved, to being deliberately urinated upon.

When an incident had occurred, less that two-thirds of doctors said that they had received support and almost one-third said that the incident had affected their work, either psychologically or physically.

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