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More Than 1,840 Irish Nurses Assaulted In Irish Hospitals In The Past Four Years by Idowu Olabode : September 26, 2019, 11:28:57 AM
Ireland: MORE than 1,840 nurses have been assaulted in Irish hospitals in the past four years, shocking new figures have revealed.

Our stats show Letterkenny University Hospital was the most ­dangerous to work in with 159 attacks since 2015.

The number of attacks went up every year, an Irish Sun Freedom of Information request revealed.

University Hospital Limerick and University Hospital Waterford both noted 149 attacks on nurses.

More than 105 were assaulted in Cork University Hospital and St Columcille’s Hospital, in south Dublin, was the worst affected in the capital with 144.


The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation said understaffed wards and long waiting times are to blame for the rise in assaults.

But general secretary Phil Ni Sheaghdha said yesterday: “The number recorded by the HSE doesn’t reflect the large number of assaults that go unreported — so we know the real figure is much higher.

“We also know that in understaffed wards, emergency departments and community facilities, the rate of assaults increases as overcrowding gets worse and patient wait times go up.

“Unsafe, chaotic conditions mean assaults increase, so the safety of our members really depends on keeping wait times to a minimum, and this means more staff on wards.

“Unfortunately assaults in the workplace are not uncommon, and nurses are often the targets, simply because they’re on the frontline."

Labour’s health spokesman Alan Kelly said the figures were a “real concern”. The TD added: “The HSE are going to have to look at measures to protect their staff because these assaults are becoming all too frequent.

“Some of the assaults are of a very serious nature. I know some nurses are quite fearful at times in work and this is not the atmosphere nurses should have to operate.”

Voluntary and private ­hospitals weren’t included in the statistics.


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