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Rise in hospital staff assaults

Emergency Dept sign
Most attacks on staff happened in the emergency department

There has been an increase in attacks on hospital staff at Nottinghamshire's biggest hospital, a survey has shown.

More than 100 staff at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust reported they had experienced physical violence from patients or relatives last year.

Staff said they had also experienced harassment, bullying or abuse from patients and their relatives.

More than half of the attacks happened in the Queen's Medical Centre's emergency department.

Daniel Mortimer, director of human resources, said one attack was still too many.

"What we've got to carry on doing is training our staff, working with the police and carrying out prosecutions where that is possible and successful, and managing our patients as best we can," he said.

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