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NHS staff face growing tide of abuse from patients frustrated by long waits for care

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 13 October 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2495
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

NHS staff are reporting an unprecedented rise in abuse from patients and the public, medical bodies have warned.1

In a joint statement from the BMA, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, NHS Employers, the Royal College of Nursing, and UNISON, leaders said that while patients are understandably frustrated by long waits and delays in the care they rightly expect, blaming members of …

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