Hospital ban for abusive patients Jun 3 2004
By Matt Withers Daily Post
WELSH hospitals have been forced to turn to the courts in a bid to ban abusive patients.
The revelation came as doctors warned reported violence against staff has reached an all time high.
As a 53-year-old man became the first person to be banned from all NHS premises for unruly behaviour, it emerged at least two patients have been banned from Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor.
Many other patients who have threatened staff or been physically or verbally abusive have been given "yellow card" warnings.
And more than 2,000 patients were removed from GP lists last year at the request of the doctor, including 44 violent patients.
York magistrates yesterday gave Norman Hutchins an interim anti-social behaviour order preventing him from entering, or contacting by telephone, any NHS establishment in England and Wales without lawful excuse or prior written permission.
Such measures underline the attitude adopted across the NHS to deal with patients who threaten or abuse staff.
Doctors last night said the continuing high level of violence was "unacceptable" and a drain on valuable NHS resources.
John Jenkins, spokesman for the British Medical Association in Wales, said: "Most violent patients present themselves at A&E, and hospitals cater for such incidents by employing security personnel. "But every penny spent on security is money taken away from clinical care."
Reported incidents rose by 8,000 in England and Wales last year, to a high of 116,000. But only 50 of these incidents resulted in prosecutions.
Welsh hospital trusts are now forging closer links with the police - some have a resident police officer in addition to security staff - in a bid to prosecute offenders.
North West Wales NHS Trust, which runs Ysbyty Gwynedd, has taken out at least two court injunctions against violent and abusive patients, banning them from entering any of the trust's premises.
Their rights to emergency treatment are affected.
Conwy and Denbighshire NHS Trust has introduced a "contract of care" system which spells out the duty of care the trust has to patients and the behaviour the trust expects from patients.
Patients breaking that contract are issued with a warning, yellow card. Further incidents will result in a red card.
Andy Scotson, spokesman for North East Wales NHS Trust, said: "If it comes to the point where people abuse the hospital and staff then steps have to be taken to protect them."
Jun 4, '04
:angryfire this needs to happen in the us NOW!!!!!!!!:angryfire
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