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Arrest after hospital staff members verbally abused

April 8, 2021
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Police are investigating after multiple inappropriate comments were made to hospital staff.

Officers were called to Queen’s Medical Centre after a man was reported to have made sexual and offensive comments to staff last night (Wednesday 7 April 2021).

Attending officers arrested a 39-year-old man on suspicion of causing alarm and distress in connection with the incident.

An investigation has now been launched to establish the circumstances of the reports.

Chief Inspector Paul Hennessy, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Hospital staff work tirelessly to save lives. They deserve nothing but the utmost respect and to think someone would think it is appropriate to speak to them in this manner is totally unacceptable.

“We are now investigating multiple reports that are believed to have occurred after a man repeatedly made comments to several staff members.

“We take this matter seriously and will be thoroughly investigating this incident in order to take appropriate action against whoever is responsible.

“I am pleased that officers made a quick arrest in connection with the report and I can confirm we are not looking to speak to anyone else as part of our investigation.”

Dr Neil Pease, Chief People Officer at Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, said: “We have a zero tolerance stance on abuse or harassment towards our staff, who have worked tirelessly and in incredibly difficult circumstances throughout the pandemic.

“As a trust we have a range of support in place for staff affected by incidents of violence, abuse or harassment.

“To the very small minority who are in any way abusive towards our staff, we want to remind you that this will not be tolerated and we will work with the police to pursue prosecutions where appropriate.”

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