Ireland Takes Violence Against HealthCare Staff Seriously

National Hospitals Office of the Health Service Executive of Ireland has ordered hospitals to take immediate action to deal with violence and aggression against staff. Director Pat Mc Loughlin has issued guidelines on this issue to be implemented immediately. Recent investigations have discovered violence and aggression to be one of the main risks in emergency departments. The main hazards surround patients dealing with substance abuse issues. Among the measures suggested are security guards in the units at weekends, a new criminal offence where people engage in abusive or threatening behavior and a doubling of the visiting charge people attending who are simply drunk and not genuinely ill.