We regularly read in the press of attacks on NHS staff, particularly by those who cannot hold their booze, and who take up valuable NHS staffs time in hospitals A&E departments, predominently at weekends. Arrowe Park Hospital has a zero tolerance approach to abuse of its staff, something which I support wholeheartedly, but even with their own security, they still pay almost £30,000 a year to have a police officer on duty overnight on Friday’s and Saturday’s. That’s £30,000 that could be spent on treating patients, as well as a police officer who could be out on the streets.
Hospital A & E departments should be safe havens for NHS staff and for those in need of emergency treatment, sadly, because of a very small minority of drunken idiots hospitals around the country are having to pay for police protection! You can read the Hospitals press statement by clicking HERE