Welsh Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Cllr Elizabeth Evans today revealed that more than 7,800 attacks on NHS staff have occurred in 2016, describing the figures as “utterly unacceptable”.
A Freedom of Information request revealed that in 2016 there was a total of 7,818 recorded attacks on hospital staff across all Local Health Boards, with Cardiff and Vale recording the highest number of attacks at 1,789.
Commenting, Welsh Lib Dem Health Spokesperson, Cllr Elizabeth Evans, said;
“Our NHS staff give their all to providing the care patients need, and we should all be grateful for their dedication and service to caring for our loved ones.
“This is a staggering number of reported attacks on NHS staff in Wales. From GP surgeries to hospital wards, staff should feel safe to go about giving the best quality care possible for patients.
“It is utterly unacceptable for staff to feel unsafe or threatened at work, and I urge the Welsh Government to engage with health boards on this issue so our doctors, nurses and hospital staff can feel safe at work.”