Nearly 200 patient-on-patient attacks took place in Midlothian NHS hospitals over the past three years – sparking fears that “someone could be killed”.
Figures obtained through the Freedom of Information law reveal that 136 assaults were reported at Midlothian Community Hospital, near Bonnyrigg.
At Loanhead’s Primrose Lodge, an inpatient house for adults with learning disibilities, there were 59.
The incidents are among the highest in the Lothians region.
Dr Jean Turner, a former GP who is director of the patient watchdog Scotland Patients Association, believes that the actual number of attacks at Midlothian Community Hospital could be even higher.
She told the Advertiser: “These figures are appalling – people should feel safe when they are in a care setting and at their most vulnerable.
“One person attacked is too many but 136 in three years is shocking.”
Read full story in the January 10 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.