Public workers in Singapore face rise in verbal and physical abuse incidents

16/4/2022 3:46:00 PM

Healthcare workers in Singapore say they have been subjected to verbal, and sometimes physical, abuse.

Healthcare workers in Singapore say they have been subjected to verbal, and sometimes physical, abuse.

Whether it is a receptionist at a private hospital or a doctor at a public facility, healthcare workers in Singapore say they have been subjected to verbal, and sometimes physical, abuse.

There appears to be a rise in abuse cases across other sectors as well, including public transport and law enforcement.When he spotted an elderly male patient behaving inappropriately towards a female nurse, Lam, a healthcare assistant, rushed over to help his colleague.

Lam, who declined to have his full name published, said he immediately reported the incident to his supervisors, who spoke to the patient."Incidents where we are abused or yelled at by patients is an everyday thing. But sometimes, we cannot do much because they may have a mental illness or are old," said Mr Lam, who has worked as a healthcare assistant for two years.

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