Fifty-Eight health care staff were attacked in 2018 at the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.
An East Londonderry MLA has said that he is ‘totally appalled’ by figures released last week detailing the number of attacks on nurses, doctors and healthcare workers throughout Northern Ireland.
The figures released from Northern Ireland’s five Health Trusts show that last year there were 6,651 attacks on health care staff – 6,138 were directed at nurses, 97 were doctors and there were 416 attacks on other HSC staff.
“In the Northern Trust there were a total of 467 attacks – in my view that is 467 too many.
“The figures reveal that 452 nurses, nine doctors and six other medical staff were attacked in the last year,” explained Bradley.
“The dedicated staff in our hospitals work extremely hard in highly pressured environments – they should not have to put up with verbal or physical abuse from those that they are treating or those accompanying them.
“Visiting a hospital can be a very difficult time for someone who is unwell or indeed their families, they do not need the added annoyance of someone behaving inappropriately.
“I would encourage the courts to continue their zero tolerance approach to those involved in any kind of antisocial behaviour in our hospitals,” he concluded.