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Dr Eoghan Ferrie, an emergency medicine consultant at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast

Dr Eoghan Ferrie, an emergency medicine consultant at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast

Dr Eoghan Ferrie, an emergency medicine consultant at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast

Frontline healthcare staff have faced a multitude of crises since the pandemic hit, but now, as case numbers surge and hospitals continue to be overwhelmed, another threat is presenting itself to exhausted staff — increased verbal and physical abuse from the public.

What really damages morale further is when we don’t get the support from the public,” says Dr Eoghan Ferrie, an emergency medicine consultant at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.


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