More patients and visitors are attacking staff at Staffordshire's biggest hospital every year.And this is the fault of fly-on-the-wall TV? Really?
Latest figures show 165 workers were assaulted at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in 2010/11.
That is up from 105 in 2008/09 and 148 in 2009/10.
Union leaders today blamed the rise on gritty fly-on-the-wall television documentaries, which can glorify clashes with the emergency services.In just what way do they ‘glorify’ them? Pretty much every one I’ve ever seen – and I don’t watch that many – makes it quite clear that this is unacceptable.
You’d have to be a complete moron to think…
Unison branch spokesman Geoff Wilson said: "The vast majority of sensible people watch these documentaries and are horrified if they see nurses, police, firefighters and ambulance workers being attacked simply for doing their jobs.In other words, you can’t find a way to blame the health trusts for this, so you’re going after TV companies? How about you go after the people that actually do it?
"But there are a worrying few out there who watch someone being hit in other parts of the country and then think it's all right for them to get one back at what they see as authority when they need emergency services in North Staffordshire.
"We are more than happy with how our local health trusts are doing their best to protect staff, but what you do about people copying what they see on television is another matter."
Because I rather doubt they are rabid reality tv watchers anyway, at least, not that sort of reality tv.
Managers have put the rise in attacks down to staff being more willing to report incidents.Urged by their union, no doubt. So….maybe they should be taking their share of the blame?
Why not? After all, it makes about as much sense as blaming Channel 4 or the BBC…