…will be about this (I’m guessing)
A deluge of abusive drunks is straining Wellington Hospital’s emergency department, clogging its systems and demoralising staff to such an extent that at least one doctor is considering leaving her job.
Nurses say they dread night shifts at the department and have told of constant verbal abuse and occasional physical assaults, damning research by Otago University reveals.
“They’re very common events, which many of these frontline staff appear to endure stoically as part of the job,” senior researcher Fiona Imlach Gunasekara said.
One would wish that such people be charged for the wasted hospital time as well as their criminal behaviour. Sadly, that would probably lead to people not turning up in hospital at all.