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Sheriff confronts violence in NHS

Sheriff Kevin Drummond
Sheriff Drummond discussed the issues facing hospital staff

A sheriff in the south of Scotland has made a hospital visit to highlight a zero-tolerance approach to violence and aggression towards NHS staff.

Sheriff Kevin Drummond discussed the issue at the Borders General Hospital near Melrose.

He said there was simply "no acceptable level" of aggressive or violent behaviour towards health workers.

His visit took him to the sections of the hospital where attacks on staff were most prevalent.

Mr Drummond has spoken previously about his commitment to tackling such behaviour.

He has regularly told people appearing in court in the Borders that aggression towards hospital workers would be dealt with "severely".

During his hospital tour he visited the accident and emergency department, an acute assessment ward and the emergency care service.

These are the departments which unscheduled patients attend most often and where violent and aggressive incidents are most common.



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