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Swedish hospitals soon to need armed guards as violent incidents have increased by 50%

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Voice Of Europe
July 3, 2018

The situation at Sweden’s emergency services has become so threatening and violent that they will soon need armed guards, the chairman of the trade union tells SVT.

Between 2010 and 2015, the number of threats and violent incidents in healthcare has increased by 50 per cent, according to the Swedish Medical Association.

For two consecutive years, a quarter of union members have stated that they are exposed to threats and violence. Thereafter, the increase has continued.

Every third physician feels threatened by patients and every fourth doctor has been threatened by a patient’s relative.

“With the current trend, I cannot rule out that we will need armed guards on emergency services within a five to ten year period if nothing is done,” says Andreas Fischer, chairman of the trade union.

Last week a murder attempt was made at the emergency room of Uppsala University Hospital. But that’s just an example. Frequently there are reports of threats, violence and even armed persons at the country’s emergency services.

Sweden has previously been able to have open doors at the healthcare facilities, but it is no longer possible everywhere, Fischer says.

This article was posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 6:15 am





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