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Assaults on Nurses in our hospitals “unacceptable” - Louise O’Reilly TD

15 December, 2018 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that the number of assaults on nurses in hospitals across the country is unacceptable, and that hospitals must take greater steps to ensure the safety of their staff.

The Dublin Fingal TD made the comments as it was revealed that nurses were victim to 70% of total assaults on hospital staff over the past 10 years.

Teachta O’Reilly said; 

“The figures provided to me by the HSE make for stark reading. Between 2008 and the end of November this year, 10,744 staff reported assaults ranging from actual harm to 'near misses’.

“This year alone, 61% of total assaults reported were from Nurses.

“Nurses play a key role in the delivery of our public health services, and for them to face such high levels of assault is completely unacceptable.

"The recruitment and retention crisis in our health service is leading to uderstaffing and this must be making a contribution to the rising level of assaults.

“The HSE, and the Minister for Health, need to increase measures to reduce the number of assaults our nurses face.

“I urge the HSE to employ more security staff in emergency departments to ensure hospital employees are protected.

“These people are on the front line of our health service and deserve the right to be able to do their jobs without fear of facing assault."

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