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Seventeen Assaults reported at Causeway Hospital in 2014-15

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Seventeen Verbal and Physical Assaults were reported by staff at Causeway Hospital between October 2014 and September 2015.

These figures were released by the Health Minister in response to a question by East Londonderry MLA John Dallat.

Health Minister Simon Hamilton said : “Individuals charged with assaulting staff in Emergency Departments are prosecuted under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.”

“The Department is aware that some prosecutions have been taken forward under this legislation, but an earlier review found that details of the number relating to HSC staff cannot be separated from the overall figures held by the Public Prosecution Service or the PSNI.”

“It is also important to note that prosecutions must be taken forward by the individual employee, not by the employer. HSC employers do, however, have appropriate mechanisms in place to support victims of assault or abuse.”

“Incidents of verbal and physical attacks on HSC staff are recorded by the Department on a six monthly basis ending 31 March and 30 September in each calendar year.”

“The table below details the total number of physical and verbal assaults on staff in Emergency Departments, broken down by hospital for the last twelve months ending 30 September 2015.”

The figures show that across the two Northern HSC Emergency Departments, 117 Assaults were reported, 100 of these at Antrim Area Hospital, 17 at Causeway Hospital

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