Hospital Ban for Abusive Patients; Trusts Turn to Law as Violence Grows

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Byline: MATT WITHERS

WELSH hospitals have been forced to turn to the courts in a bid to ban abusive patients.

The revelation came as doctors warned reported violence against staff has reached an all time high.

As a 53-year- old man became the first person to be banned from all NHS premises for unruly behaviour, it emerged at least two patients have been banned from Ysbyty Gwynedd,Bangor.

Many other patients who have threatened staff or been physically or verbally abusive have been given ``yellow card'' warnings.

And more than 2,000 patients were removed from GP lists last year at the request of the doctor, including 44 violent patients.

York magistrates yesterday gave Norman Hutchins an interim antisocial behaviour order preventing him from entering,or contacting by telephone,any NHS establishment in England and Wales without lawful excuse or prior written permission.

Such measures underline the attitude adopted across the NHS to deal with patients who threaten or abuse staff.

Doctors last night said the continuing high level of violence was ``unacceptable'' and a drain on valuable NHS resources.

John Jenkins, spokesman for the British Medical Association in Wales, said: ``Most violent patients present themselves at A&E, and hospitals cater for such incidents by employing security personnel. …