Court sentences for A&E violence ‘make a mockery of zero tolerance’

PICTURE: KEVIN MCAULEY..The Accident and Emergency Department at the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine where Nurses were seriously assaulted recently.

PICTURE: KEVIN MCAULEY..The Accident and Emergency Department at the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine where Nurses were seriously assaulted recently.

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SDLP MLA John Dallat has called for a review of sentences handed out by the courts to people he claims make life “a living hell” for hospital staff working in accident and emergency departments.

The East Londonderry MLA made the appeal after two defendants charged with disorderly behaviour at the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine were each given five-month suspended sentences.

“The zero tolerance policy has become a mockery if people know they will not be going to jail for it,” he said.

 

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