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Violence against GPs on the rise

GPs were the biggest victims of an increase in violence against doctors in Northern Ireland last year, a BMA survey has shown.

Two out of five doctors overall said they had experienced

violent incidents over the period, the survey of 1,000 doctors across all specialities found.

And 30% of GPs reported an increase in violence, compared with 28% of hospital doctors.

The BMA has called on Northern Ireland health minister Paul Goggins, to take immediate action to stop the rising tide of violence against doctors.

Dr Brian Patterson, chair of the BMA's Northern Ireland council, said 'The results of this survey bear out what we had feared – that violence in the medical workplace has not

improved and indeed is still

on the increase.

'The campaign launched in 2004 to tackle violence against health and personal social services staff has obviously not worked.'

The BMA has demanded that trusts maintain a central

register of violent patients and publish copies of policies for recording violent attacks and reporting them to police.

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