Aggressions to doctors are becoming commonplace as Dénia’s Health Department registers 18 attacks on health professionals in 2019. The Health Department managed by Marina Salud, has indicated that 15 of the attacks have occurred in Primary Health Care consultations compared to three that were reported in hospitals.
In response to the news, the department has organised a conference on the prevention of aggressions in the health sector. The aim is to equip professionals in Dénia with verbal containment tactics to avoid future aggressions.
Experts from the National Police have participated in the conference and spoken out about the measures that are being taken to ensure the safety of health professionals. The Ministry of Health has recently published a report that showed alarming figures of attacks in the health field. In 2018, these aggressions in Spain reached almost 10,000 cases.
The average profile of the professionals that are attacked is that of a female doctor or nurse, between the ages of 33 and 55. On the other hand, the profile of the aggressor is a person who is dissatisfied with the assistance they have received and it tends to be a male in 60 per cent of cases.