(Love the headline)
From the Daily Telegraph:
There was a time, not so long ago, when hospitals were considered sacred ground and those who worked there, the doctors and nurses, were treated with the respect they deserved.
But not in 2012. Hospital emergency rooms have become mini-battlegrounds with violent and abusive behaviour directed at hospital staff occurring almost daily.
Those who work in emergency wards are already under immense pressure to satisfy near impossible patient treatment times dictated to them by opportunistic politicians and out of touch bureaucrats.
Now there is the burden of dealing with a growing number of abusive and intimidating patients, many affected by drugs or alcohol, who virtually hold an emergency ward to ransom until they are treated and released.
This “priority” treatment for the loud and aggressive is at the expense of the ordinary person who suffers in silence and just waits their turn.
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