Assaulted at work
So far, I've managed to avoid any direct physical assault.
Some people have been verbally abusive, but that's just par for the course, and even though it shouldn't be tolerated, we put up with it on a daily/nightly basis.
However, tonight showed me just how low, as a country, we have stooped. And I'm really quite ****ing angry. I'm afraid this will have a political bent.
Not just because a person managed to kick me in the balls, whilst assisting 2 officers to restrain him, after he's run out into the road, and then hurt my back while I assisted them lifting him into to back of the police van because he was still resisting and shifting his body weight. Not because I traveled in the back of a police van with the patient and then had to stop for back-up because he was kicking off again in the cage. Not because I've had to finish my shift 3 hours early and will have go through a disciplinary process for having time off, either.
What has really ****es me off, is that our patient was known to every local mental health service going, yet in the past week, his behaviour had become more erratic/irrational and violent. And they've done nothing about it, despite several admissions to hospital this week.
The police officers were excellent, really, really excellent; they did their utmost to try to get Social Services to come and evaluate the patient, but because of under-funding, no-one would oblige. This meant that instead of going to an appropriate Mental Health Unit, our only powers available meant that we had to go to A/E. (section 5 instead of a 136 for anyone interested)
While we were waiting in the corridor, the charge nurse had a go at the police because they had brought a violent patient into their department, but were unable to stay with him because they were on skeleton staff and already nearly 2 hours over their finish time.
The hospital had only one person capable of evaluating the patient and only 1 security guard.
The official local population is approx 115k, but we have a huge student population, and the local suburbs also add to that, so you are looking at a population of nearer 200k+, and for that population, I was told that, tonight (last night) there were 6 police officers on duty. There were 3 ambulances. 1 Mental Health Assessor/Psychyiatrist? NO on-call social services.
These last few shifts, I can honestly say that 50-60% have been Mental Health related.
Austerity (and the future Tory plans) means that police and ambulance staff are risking injury, or worse, on a regular basis.
Apologies for the garbled rant, but I just can't comprehend how things have gotten to this point.
Last edited by stan laurel; 22-05-17 at 06:45.