This is interesting, and more than a little sad:
Police will patrol the accident and emergency unit at the Royal Bolton Hospital for three months in a bid to prevent aggressive and threatening behaviour.
They will issue penalty notices for disorder inside the hospital and arrest any patients or relatives who physically attack staff.
The scheme follows shocking new figures which show staff across Greater Manchester are physically attacked on average five times a day – suffering 2,000 assaults last year.
But Bolton medics say this is the tip of the iceberg and they also face a barrage of verbal abuse and antisocial behaviour.
“Nobody should have to put up with that kind of behaviour in their workplace and it also causes distress for other patients and visitors in the department.”
We have the same thing in the US, horribly entitled, horrible people who know that they can’t be removed from the ED until their MSE is completed, and behave in a manner that would get them thrown out of any other place. (I’m not talking about patients with uncompensated psychiatric problems here, nor those experiencing delirium).
It’s not all patients, a tiny few, but they make the job less enjoyable (and occasionally more dangerous) for us all.