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Hospital staff facing increase in violence

Hospital staff across our region are facing increasing numbers of violent attacks, incidents of racial abuse and harassment.

One NHS Trust has recorded more than 1800 cases in the last three years. Medway NHS Trust also say 14% of its staff say they've experienced violence and aggression whilst doing their jobs in the last year.

Other health authorities in the South East say they face similar problems. East Sussex Trust has recorded almost 500 incidents over the same three-year period.

Hospital authorities say front-line doctors, nurse and other staff are committed to providing the best possible care for their communities - and should NEVER work in environments where they fear for their safety

Meday NHS Foundation Trust has launched a zero tolerance campaign. The Trust says it will seek police interventions and pursue prosecution in every case. Andy Dickenson reports.