28 January 2003
UNISON welcomes Jailing of man who assaulted nurse
Scotand largest healthcare union UNISON have today welcomed the
jailing for three months of a hospital visitor who headbutted a
nurse who was working in an Accident & Emergency Unit.
"Whilst we do not want to criminalise anyone it is totally unacceptable
that this man while on a visit to an Accident & Emergency
Unit headbutted a nurse who was trying to provide care to
his relative, said Jim Devine, Scottish Organiser for Health."
The nurse has been off work for many weeks and as I understand
is scarred by the incident and severely traumatised to the extent
that she vowed never to work in A&E again.
A recent survey carried out by UNISON showed that over 40% of nurses
and other NHS staff were being subjected to physical and verbal
abuse. One hopes that this sends out a very clear message that being
physically or verbally abused at work is not part of an NHS workers
[NOTES TO THE EDITOR:-]
Refer to UNISON Website : UNISONScotland presentation at http://www.unison-scotland.org.uk/nhs/violence/index.htm
or more detail on the UNISON UK website at (www.unison.org.uk/features/features/0206nhsviolence.asp)
which contains the results of a survey carried out last year and
also details of Six Point Action Plan that UNISON launched in relation
to health service workers.
For Further information contact: Jim Devine, Scottish Organiser
for Health (07876-441-239)