Take action: don't ever tolerate violent patients
I found the article about the psychotic terrorising a GP's child (Features, September 29) alarming in the extreme. However, there was one stark component that set me to think about affirmative action and zero tolerance.
Were the authorities involved? Were injunctions ever taken out? Did the Benefit Agency know of the GP's observations about the unreliability of the symptoms and projections?
All of these crowd in together. It is clear that once the daughter was threatened, many of these actions were taken, but not beforehand, leaving the GP in an intolerably vulnerable situation.
I would urge all of those who feel under threat from any patients to take affirmative action and either force a meeting of arbitration or have the individual removed from their list, with relevant documentary explanation. This sort of behaviour, even at its outset, must never be tolerated.
Dr Christopher Nevill