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Health bosses have spent more than 12million on security in the last five years amid a rise in attacks on NHS staff and patients. A total of 4,249 physical and non-verbal assaults were recorded at hospitals in the North East between April 2012 and March last year – an average of two a day.
NHS1 chiefs said attacks on its workers and patients were completely unacceptable . Figures released through a Freedom of Information request show The Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust spent 5,083,009 on security during the five years.
And the trust, which runs Royal Victoria Infirmary2 and Freeman Hospital3, recorded 208 physical incidents in 2012, but this rose to 249 five years later – a 20% increase. A trust spokesman said: The safety of our patients and staff is the trust s first priority and we take any incidents of aggression or violence towards staff very seriously.
The trust s annual security spend covers the security provision for all of our hospital sites and we have a number of schemes in place to help maintain the safety and wellbeing of our patients and staff.
The County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, which spent 3,107,252 on security, saw a huge 61% increase in the number of physical attacks at its hospitals. It recorded 147 incidents in 2012/13 but 238 assaults were reported five years later.
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A trust spokesman said: Our security team works around the clock, seven days a week, and has a number of responsibilities, principally protecting our buildings and facilities across several sites.
No one should ever feel at risk of attack while at work and we take the safety of our colleagues very seriously . We have policies, guidance and support in place designed to ensure they are kept as safe as possible.
We also have robust processes for the occasions when they feel threatened to give them appropriate help and support quickly. The figures show the City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust spent 3,073,082 on security over five years, while 699 physical and non-verbal attacks were reported.
Meanwhile, the South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust said its security budget is set a 400,000 a year, meaning it could have spent up to 2m between April 2012 and March last year. During this period, health bosses recorded 553 incidents at its hospitals.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)
A joint statement from the South Tyneside and Sunderland Healthcare Group, which runs hospital services in South Tyneside and Sunderland, said: The safety and security of our patients, visitors and staff is always a priority and we have security measures in place 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at South Tyneside District Hospital4, Sunderland Royal Hospital and Sunderland Eye Infirmary.
We do not tolerate violent or abusive behaviour of any kind across our organisations and take a very proactive approach to make sure that we meet the highest security standards and protect people within our care.
The majority of security incidents reported are minor, but we have robust security procedures in place to ensure that any incident can be dealt with quickly and by working closely with the police where necessary.
The figures also revealed Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, spent 1.504,692 on security and recorded 780 incidents. Andy Colwell, who manages facilities and security at QE Gateshead, said: Our security team play a vital role in the hospital in protecting staff from abuse, but also providing support and assistance to the public.
It s important to note that a large proportion of violence against NHS staff in Gateshead is by patients who are unwell with diminished capability, so we need to provide specialist support, training and the appropriate level of intervention and protection .
At the hospital we also have a full range of panic alarms, security equipment and CCTV to help ensure the safety of staff and the public.
The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust refused to disclose how much money it spent on security.
A ticketless Manchester City fan jumped over turnstiles and then abused security staff before the Blues took on Huddersfield Town. City fan Dean Rawlinson is one of three Blues fans prosecuted for various offences which took place when the teams met at the John Smith s Stadium on November 26. Prosecutor Vanessa Jones told Kirklees magistrates: A member of G4S security staff working at the stadium saw him run straight towards the turnstile and jump over it into the ground without purchasing a ticket.
He was detained and escorted towards police officers inside and he began swearing at them in front of members of the public.
Rawlinson pleaded guilty to obtaining services dishonestly, namely be jumping over the turnstiles without a valid ticket, and using threatening or abusive words or behaviour. The 27-year-old, of Augustine Webster Close in Manchester, explained to magistrates: The tickets were sold out and that s why I did it – it s my own fault. Magistrates fined him 85 and told him to pay 85 costs plus 30 victim surcharge.
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Shaun McGinnity admitted that he felt disgusted by his own behaviour on a train that pulled into Huddersfield railway station on the day of the same game. Officers policing the Manchester City fixture had challenged him over his smoking on the train which is prohibited by railway byelaws. The drunk 33-year-old hurled verbal abuse at them and was ejected from the train and the railway station.
He pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive words or behaviour and apologised for his terrible language. McGinnity, of Lacy Street in Stretford, Greater Manchester, said: I got myself worked up over what I believed was the police being over zealous but I accept that s not the case.
As a father, trying to bring my kids up right, I m ashamed and disgusted by myself as there were people and children on the train who could have heard that language.
It made me look like I have no respect and I do respect what police do and I sincerely apologise. He was fined 100 and has to pay 85 costs and 30 victim surcharge.
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Teenager Adam Needham admitted to an offence of failing to comply with a direction under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act excluding him from the John Smith s Stadium and Huddersfield town centre. He was banned from these areas for 24 hours after police caught him trying to sneak into the City game without a ticket. Mrs Jones said: Police gave him a direction to leave but he was seen a short time later in the Town fans enclosure, having not left the stadium.
The 19-year-old, of Eldon Road in Stockport, told magistrates he didn t do much wrong and they told him to pay 100 fine plus 85 costs and 30 victim surcharge.
Last Updated: 29/10/17 8:22am
A Pakistani policeman stands guard outside the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium
Sri Lanka’s cricket team arrived in Lahore under heavy security Sunday to play the final Twenty20 of a three-match series, eight years after they were attacked by gunmen there. The team and their officials were taken to a five-star hotel in a bomb-proof bus with hundreds of security guards on the roads and at the resort. International cricket was suspended in Pakistan after the 2009 gun attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore, which left eight people killed and seven visiting players and their staff members injured.
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Sri Lanka – the first major team to visit the country since the incident – will play a Twenty20 match on Sunday evening before flying back to Colombo via Dubai. Several Sri Lankan players and officials, including survivors who came under gunfire in 2009 and their head coach, had opted out of the Twenty20 fixture after some voiced concern about security.
Pakistani soldiers patrol outside the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium ahead of the T20 cricket match against Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka played two Tests, five one-day internationals and the first two Twenty20 matches of the series in the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan’s neutral venue since 2009. In the last eight years Pakistan have only hosted minnows Zimbabwe in 2015, the final of Pakistan Super League and a three-match Twenty20 series against a World XI — comprised of players from seven countries — earlier this year. Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera, appointed captain of the new-look team, said it was great to be back. “It’s nice to be in Pakistan again,” said Perera, who was part of the World XI last month. “We are thankful for a warm welcome and will do our best to entertain the crowd with some good cricket.”
Pakistani soldiers arrive at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium
Sri Lanka’s sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekera and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President Thilanga Sumathipala are also on the tour while a two-member security delegation is in Lahore for the last two days to oversee security arrangements.
“We are thankful to the Sri Lankan team for coming to Pakistan and I request the fans to support both the teams during the match,” said Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, whose team also arrived from Dubai early Sunday.
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Heavy security with air surveillance will be in place during the match with fans having to go through various check points and body searches.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) hopes a safe tour by Sri Lanka will help them convince the West Indies to visit for three Twenty20 internationals next month.
“It’s a historic moment,” PCB chairman Najam Sethi told AFP on Friday. “With improved security we hope fully-fledged international cricket will return to Pakistan in the next two years.”