One in three NHS Grampian staff suffer abuse at work

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Almost one in three NHS staff members were abused by patients last year, according to new figures.

A Scotland-wide survey by the Scottish Government found that 28% of workers in Grampian – 1,904 employees – suffered emotional or verbal abuse at work.

In addition 7% – or 476 – reported physical violence from patients or members of the public at work.

NHS Grampian has said the behaviour is “never acceptable,” and reiterated its support for staff who have been affected.

More than 60,000 health workers across the country completed the survey.

An NHS Grampian spokeswoman said: “Unfortunately there are a minority of occasions where staff are subjected to abuse, aggression or even violence from patients or visitors.

“While we understand that people are often going through stressful periods, that type of behaviour is never acceptable.

“NHS Grampian will not tolerate abuse or violence against our staff and we take these incidents extremely seriously.”