Nurses were forced to call in police after a large group visiting a mother and newborn baby became aggressive and threw objects at them.
The group of 30, who were trying to visit the same patient, had to be dispersed from the Royal Bolton Hospital's postnatal ward by officers.
An eyewitness said they were "screaming" at staff and police and even waited outside to throw objects at staff as they were leaving.How odd that there’s no description given of these people, eh? And also how telling…
Heather Edwards, director of communications at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We have a policy that no more than three visitors per bed should be on the postnatal ward.
"This is for the safety of mothers and babies.
"Unfortunately on Saturday a large number of people arrived to visit a small number of new mums and their babies, and staff had to remind them of our policy.
"Some visitors objected to this and our staff were subjected to aggressive and threatening behaviour. Staff called security who called the police. We would like to remind visitors to the maternity unit not only to abide by our policy, which is for the safety of mothers and babies, but also that we will not tolerate verbal or physical aggression towards our staff."So…you’ll be pursuing the matter via the criminal justice system or the civil courts, will you? Or is this boilerplate platitude dished out to the local press by your PA all you intend to do?
A police spokesman said: "There was a large group of people that had become aggressive.
"About 20 to 30 people had wanted to visit someone and the nurses had stepped in to say they could not do that.
"We dispersed the group, who left the ward, and did not make any arrests."Why not? I’d expect arrest if I took part in a group attack on staff trying to do their job.
*Screaming Mob Of No Appearance