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Right Arrow Man fined after verbally abusing hospital staff
19 June 2009 at 15:05
A 24 year old man was given a fixed penalty fine by Merseyside Police after being arrested for verbally abusing staff and patients in the Accident & Emergency Department at Southport hospital last week.

He had attended the Department in the early hours of Sunday 7th June and was continuously extremely abusive to the staff using totally inappropriate language and threatening towards other patients and visitors.

The Police were contacted and they arrested the man on arrival at the A&E Department. He was subsequently issued with a fixed penalty fine.

Alan Lee, Risk Manager at Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust said, “We have a zero tolerance towards both physical and verbal abuse of our staff. They are here to help people in their hour of need, not to be a victim of such an attack. We hope this action by Merseyside Police reinforces the message that such behaviour will not be tolerated in our hospitals. We can only apologise to the other patients and visitors present in the A&E Department at the time for any inconvenience and thank them for their co-operation.”

Detective Chief Inspector Nikki Holland added, "Merseyside Police will not tolerate anti-social behaviour in hospitals and people who are verbally or physically abusive to staff and patients should expect to be dealt with appropriately."

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714