The figures have been released today.

Over the past seven years, 33,341 assaults on nurses and 733 assaults on doctors have been recorded.

The figures were released to Dublin Rathdown TD Deputy Neale Richmond.

The TD says a full audit of hospital security is urgently needed in light of the figures.

TD Richmond says it’s worrying and the majority of assaults are on nurses.

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He said in 2019 alone, 5,358 assaults on nurses were recorded while 118 assaults against doctors occurred.

It’s an average of almost 15 attacks on nurses per day.

“While this problem impacts both nurses and doctors, according to the figures, nurses are subject to a disproportionately high number of assaults,” Richmond said.

“Over the seven-year period 2015-2021, 98% of recorded assaults were on nurses. Nurses are in almost constant contact with patients and the public, and particular consideration must be given to this by the HSE.”

The following figures were provided to Deputy Richmond by the HSE on assaults on nurses and doctors.

Date of Incident Medical Nursing
2015 108 5,049
2016 88 5,026
2017 86 4,986
2018 129 5,185
2019 118 5,358
2020 125 4,501
2021 79 3,236
Grand Total 733 33,341