Zero tolerance on attacks after Newry doctor is punched and nurse is headbutted

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
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Sinn Féin’s Mickey Brady has said that attacks and verbal abuse on A&E Hospital Staff have a huge personal cost.
The incidents happened at Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry

The incidents happened at Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry

He was speaking after a man was jailed this week for six monthes after punching a doctor twice in the head. Dundalk man Michael Hanrahan assaulted the doctor last year in Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry and in a separate incident a week later he headbutted a nurse in the Newry hospital. Brady told Newry Times, “There is the personal cost for people carrying out demanding and important jobs in the first place and there are the wider costs for our health and social care services in terms of injuries to staff and the impact this has on service delivery. “What is clear is that zero tolerance of attacks on staff, must mean zero tolerance. We all have a part to play in challenging violence against any of our public sector workers. Brady added, “We need to ensure that any and all attacks against hospital staff workers result in appropriate punishment and we need to ensure good resourcing to support staff training in dealing with potentially difficult situations within the health environment and support for victims of attack.”  
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