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Ninety nine per cent of emergency consultants report abuse by drunk patients

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 27 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1250
  1. Debashis Singh
  1. London

    Ninety nine per cent of consultants in accident and emergency departments in England said in a recent survey that either they or members of their staff have been victims of physical or verbal abuse from drunken patients, a new study reports.

    The report from the Alcohol Reduction Group–a newly formed coalition of the charities Alcohol Concern, Turning Point, and the London Drug and Alcohol Network–says that alcohol misuse is putting an enormous strain on emergency departments and on emergency services across the country.

    The coalition is urging the government to …

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