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Work environment

Violence common in healthcare sector

Published onsdag 13 oktober 2010 kl 11.33
The Swedish Work Environment Agency has received more than 223 reports of violence against healthcare personnel.

Threats against hospital staff and other caregivers within the healthcare system are increasingly common according to a study by newspaper Dagens Medicin.

Since January last year 223 cases of threats or violence against healthcare personnel have been reported to the Swedish Work Environment Agency.

About half of the reports are cases where patients or relatives of patients have attacked employees sometimes using weapons such as books or needles. Verbal threats are also common.

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