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'Take a stand against violent behaviour in A&E'


michael stone | 23-Nov-2011 11:03 am If only it were that simple. The 'public' do not consist of 'like-minded' people who all want the same things from clinicians. Probably difficult for you to understand, but there are often reasons why people don't ask questions. People often know instinctively and don't need someone spelling it out to them. Some people genuinely don't want to know. I saw a doctor receive a punch in the face after imparting the reality of a patient's condition. His crime? According to the patient, it was because the doctor had taken away his hope. It isn't about clinicians not admitting that people are dying. It is nowhere near as simple as that. As for the radio interview quoted, that is only one side of the story. Without knowing the full circumstances of all the interactions, it is just too easy and unfair to blame the clinicians, who have no right of reply. Meanwhile back to the actual article, I agree that a re-design of A&E to protect staff and patients can't be a bad thing. However, it must be coupled with nurses ceasing to tolerate incidents and, most importantly, severe consequences for those who perpetrate these crimes.

Posted date

23 November, 2011

Posted time

5:41 pm