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A&E nurse speaks out over rise in violence by patients

Front line medic warns it is only a matter of time before staff are seriously injured

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Fearful: Stephen McKenna with colleagues Alanna Milligan and Lisa Fox

Fearful: Stephen McKenna with colleagues Alanna Milligan and Lisa Fox

Fearful: Stephen McKenna with colleagues Alanna Milligan and Lisa Fox

An emergency department nurse has highlighted a rising tide of violence being endured by healthcare staff as he warned it’s only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt.

In recent weeks a patient has thrown hot coffee over Stephen McKenna, while another person threw their crutches at him in protest at being discharged. In a separate incident a patient spat at him.


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