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How safe do you feel at work?

Every doctor pledges the Hippocratic oath, but sometimes protecting oneself from harm can also be an issue.

Figures from NHS Protect show the number of recorded physical assaults on doctors and other NHS staff has risen every year since 2008.

In 2013/14, there were a total of 68,683 reported physical assaults against NHS staff in England, of these15,199 did not involve any medical factor which caused the patient to be unaware what they were doing was wrong.

How safe do you feel in your place of work?  Have you personally ever been assaulted or felt under threat? If so how did you deal with the situation? What needs to be done to protect doctors and ensure a safe working environment?

I'd be interested to hear your opinions and experiences for a feature I'm writing. Please comment below or email me at [email protected]



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  • There are problems with bullying & harassment in many NHS Trusts - it is far too common.
    I don't perceive a particular threat of violence at work, but I am not in a frontline role like A&E. I would like to challenge smokers who smoke in our new "smoke free hospital". However, I am reticent to confront smokers who are breaking the Law by smoking in enclosed/covered spaces because of the risk of physical violence from some of the perpetrators. You never know who might be carrying a weapon e.g. knife.