Blair admits extent of patient violence

Middlemiss, Prisca
April 2006
GP: General Practitioner;4/21/2006, p1
The article reports that despite the introduction of anti-violence schemes in Great Britain, British Prime Minister Tony Blair has admitted that violence against general practitioners and their staff is continuing. Last year, a female general practitioner in Northern Ireland faced death threats during a home visit to a recently released prisoner with a history of violence. The National Health Service system for reporting assaults is now being extended to primary care. In acute trusts, this scheme has led to a 15-fold increase in prosecutions against violent patients.


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