Medical Staff Constantly Face Assaults From The Public

Most health staff and carers have been assaulted by public members with symptoms after asking them to wear surgical masks.

Medical staff assaulted after mask requests
Medical staff/Picture credit: Evening standard

Most health staff and carers have been assaulted by public members with symptoms after asking them to wear surgical masks.

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The Welsh Ambulance Service reported that a number of incidents have occurred where the patients suspected to have coronavirus became aggressive when asked to wear face masks.

Several health staff and carers have been victims of assault. This proves that there is an increased risk of infection of health staff members as well as other public members.

The Wast`s executive director of quality nursing, Clair Roche said: “The reason they do this is to not only protect you but also for the protection of the people around you. If we do ask you to put on a mask, please do not be alarmed and follow the instructions of our staff.

“We understand how distressing this situation may be and we also understand that putting on a mask while having shortness of breath may seem counter-intuitive, but it is the right thing to do.

“Unfortunately, over the past few weeks, our staff have reported a growing number of instances in which patients have been aggressive and have even been the subject of an assault after asking a patient to put on a mask.”

Ms Roche added: “Assaulting our staff is never acceptable, no matter the circumstances.”

In Wales, eight more died after testing positive of coronavirus which has taken the total number of deaths to 1,282. The most recent records have also shown that further 141 people had been infected by the virus, bringing the total to 13,556.

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The public has been urged to wear masks and keep the social distancing rules in order to save themselves and others from being infected.

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