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Abuse of emergency department staff a daily occurrence

Abuse of emergency department staff a daily occurrence
2018-06-08
Article Type:
News
Publication Date:
2018-06-08
Jurisdiction:
New Zealand

Radio New Zealand reports emergency department staff at Christchurch Hospital say they've been spat at, pinched, slapped and threatened.

A survey published in the New Zealand Medical Journal recorded more than 100 incidents of physical and verbal abuse during a one-month period at the hospital; however, study author Dr Sandra Richardson said there were more incidents of abuse, but staff didn't report them as they felt it was 'part of the job'.

Richardson said abuse was a problem at emergency departments across the country. Her findings were backed up by Wellington emergency department doctor Paul Quigley who said he witnessed abuse on a daily basis.

WorkSafe spokesperson Darren Handforth said district health boards needed to make it easier for staff to report abuse.

 

People Mentioned:
Paul Quigley; Sandra Richardson
Organisations Mentioned:
WorkSafe; Christchurch Hospital; New Zealand Medical Journal
Reference No:
180608CA-1884

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