Homeless man who attacked A&E nurse ordered to get treatment for alcohol problem

ASSAULT SCENE: Shaun Buchan, 25, was prosecuted after he punched a nurse who was trying to help him

ASSAULT SCENE: Shaun Buchan, 25, was prosecuted after he punched a nurse who was trying to help him

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A HOMELESS man who attacked a nurse in A&E has been ordered to get treatment for his alcohol problem.

Shaun Buchan lashed out and punched staff nurse Jennifer Wilkins when he was taken to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital on October 28 last year, Bournemouth magistrates heard, The court was told Buchan, 25, also gestured as if to bite Miss Wilkins, who was forced to call security while he was restrained by a colleague.

Magistrates heard Buchan had been abusive to the paramedics who had transported him to the hospital and had urinated in his clothes when he arrived at the emergency department. He became aggressive when medical staff attempted to remove his clothes to see if he was injured following an earlier incident.

A spokesman for the Royal Bournemouth Hospital trust said staff were encouraged to report all such incidents and added: “The trust does not tolerate any form of violence or aggression, including verbal abuse against its staff, visitors or patients.

“Members of staff receive training on how to deal with aggression and violence based on the likelihood of them experiencing this in their working environment.”

Julie Connolly, regional officer for the Royal College of Nursing in the South West region, said: “Even one assault is one too many.

“No one goes to work expecting to be assaulted and it’s all the more upsetting that some members of the public attack the very people trying to help them.

“In 2012-13 physical assaults against NHS staff in England has risen by 5.8 per cent. “Figures also showed a 15.9 per cent increase in criminal sanctions following reported assaults.

“We cannot allow nurses to be abused and we would expect the trust to be reassuring staff and reminding patients that abusive behaviour is not tolerated, and dealing swiftly with any problems that do arise.”

Buchan admitted the offence and also pleaded guilty to six offences of shoplifting and one of theft.

Items stolen between September and December last year included wine, lager, food, shoes and clothing, the court heard.

Buchan was given a 12-month community order, a six-month alcohol treatment order and was ordered to pay £50 compensation to the nurse.

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12:05pm Mon 13 Jan 14

suzigirl says...

He should have been locked up for six months - that should sort his alcohol problem out!
He should have been locked up for six months - that should sort his alcohol problem out! suzigirl
  • Score: 43

12:15pm Mon 13 Jan 14

MrDMan says...

If he's homeless, chances are, he doesn't have a job.

How is he going to pay her £50? Where will that come from?
If he's homeless, chances are, he doesn't have a job. How is he going to pay her £50? Where will that come from? MrDMan
  • Score: 26

12:16pm Mon 13 Jan 14

stevobath says...

suzigirl wrote:
He should have been locked up for six months - that should sort his alcohol problem out!
Yes, then come out & the cycle starts again. If only it was as simple as locking an addict away for 6 months.
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: He should have been locked up for six months - that should sort his alcohol problem out![/p][/quote]Yes, then come out & the cycle starts again. If only it was as simple as locking an addict away for 6 months. stevobath
  • Score: 9

12:26pm Mon 13 Jan 14

High Treason says...

Well lock them up for longer, no drink for 10 years should cure them.
Well lock them up for longer, no drink for 10 years should cure them. High Treason
  • Score: 17

12:34pm Mon 13 Jan 14

djd says...

That'll teach him, won't do that again, will he?
That'll teach him, won't do that again, will he? djd
  • Score: 11

12:34pm Mon 13 Jan 14

skydriver says...

MrDMan wrote:
If he's homeless, chances are, he doesn't have a job.

How is he going to pay her £50? Where will that come from?
Well us tax payers of course, I know I makes me sick as well.
If he's homeless were does the money to purchase the alcohol come from
The DSS, they should be given vouchers not cash and the vouchers only valid for food and nothing else.
Why am I so hard, because that's what it take to teach these people a real lesson.
I'm willing to take all the thumbs down on this one, that's my feelings and I don't care what the do gooders think..
Spare a thought for the person who was trying to help this individual .
[quote][p][bold]MrDMan[/bold] wrote: If he's homeless, chances are, he doesn't have a job. How is he going to pay her £50? Where will that come from?[/p][/quote]Well us tax payers of course, I know I makes me sick as well. If he's homeless were does the money to purchase the alcohol come from The DSS, they should be given vouchers not cash and the vouchers only valid for food and nothing else. Why am I so hard, because that's what it take to teach these people a real lesson. I'm willing to take all the thumbs down on this one, that's my feelings and I don't care what the do gooders think.. Spare a thought for the person who was trying to help this individual . skydriver
  • Score: 65

12:45pm Mon 13 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

You won,t get the fine ,he won,t comply with order,and guarantee 6months treatment isn't long enough. .so you can put female nurses.But definitely not a policeman.a councillors.solicito
rs the mayor.or any body else that may be in the same social set as magistrates
You won,t get the fine ,he won,t comply with order,and guarantee 6months treatment isn't long enough. .so you can put female nurses.But definitely not a policeman.a councillors.solicito rs the mayor.or any body else that may be in the same social set as magistrates kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 8

12:50pm Mon 13 Jan 14

smhinto says...

He should have been incinerated along with the surgical waste.
.
This is just another example of a dysfunctional lunatic who contributes nothing whatsoever to society and is an absolute drain of tax-payers money.
He should have been incinerated along with the surgical waste. . This is just another example of a dysfunctional lunatic who contributes nothing whatsoever to society and is an absolute drain of tax-payers money. smhinto
  • Score: 43

4:29pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

“We cannot allow nurses to be abused and we would expect the trust to be reassuring staff and reminding patients that abusive behaviour is not tolerated, and dealing swiftly with any problems that do arise.”
I'm sure the nurse who was hit feels much better now knowing that the court has taken this so seriously and really punished this lunatic, NOT.
“We cannot allow nurses to be abused and we would expect the trust to be reassuring staff and reminding patients that abusive behaviour is not tolerated, and dealing swiftly with any problems that do arise.” I'm sure the nurse who was hit feels much better now knowing that the court has taken this so seriously and really punished this lunatic, NOT. Hessenford
  • Score: 10

4:46pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Bob49 says...

skydriver wrote:
MrDMan wrote:
If he's homeless, chances are, he doesn't have a job.

How is he going to pay her £50? Where will that come from?
Well us tax payers of course, I know I makes me sick as well.
If he's homeless were does the money to purchase the alcohol come from
The DSS, they should be given vouchers not cash and the vouchers only valid for food and nothing else.
Why am I so hard, because that's what it take to teach these people a real lesson.
I'm willing to take all the thumbs down on this one, that's my feelings and I don't care what the do gooders think..
Spare a thought for the person who was trying to help this individual .
'do gooders'

straight out of the Daily Mail book of simple answers for simple people

an unsurprisingly the professionals that have to deal with these types of problems always take a contrary view - odd that

the vouchers do not work and can easily be circumvented

sadly I have to wonder what is the greatest threat to our society, drunkeness or gross stupidity
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrDMan[/bold] wrote: If he's homeless, chances are, he doesn't have a job. How is he going to pay her £50? Where will that come from?[/p][/quote]Well us tax payers of course, I know I makes me sick as well. If he's homeless were does the money to purchase the alcohol come from The DSS, they should be given vouchers not cash and the vouchers only valid for food and nothing else. Why am I so hard, because that's what it take to teach these people a real lesson. I'm willing to take all the thumbs down on this one, that's my feelings and I don't care what the do gooders think.. Spare a thought for the person who was trying to help this individual .[/p][/quote]'do gooders' straight out of the Daily Mail book of simple answers for simple people an unsurprisingly the professionals that have to deal with these types of problems always take a contrary view - odd that the vouchers do not work and can easily be circumvented sadly I have to wonder what is the greatest threat to our society, drunkeness or gross stupidity Bob49
  • Score: -15

6:47pm Mon 13 Jan 14

blackdog1 says...

Bob49 wrote:
skydriver wrote:
MrDMan wrote:
If he's homeless, chances are, he doesn't have a job.

How is he going to pay her £50? Where will that come from?
Well us tax payers of course, I know I makes me sick as well.
If he's homeless were does the money to purchase the alcohol come from
The DSS, they should be given vouchers not cash and the vouchers only valid for food and nothing else.
Why am I so hard, because that's what it take to teach these people a real lesson.
I'm willing to take all the thumbs down on this one, that's my feelings and I don't care what the do gooders think..
Spare a thought for the person who was trying to help this individual .
'do gooders'

straight out of the Daily Mail book of simple answers for simple people

an unsurprisingly the professionals that have to deal with these types of problems always take a contrary view - odd that

the vouchers do not work and can easily be circumvented

sadly I have to wonder what is the greatest threat to our society, drunkeness or gross stupidity
With soft attitudes like yours it's no wonder we have all these cretins runnining around causing misery and pain to all decent hardworking people!
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrDMan[/bold] wrote: If he's homeless, chances are, he doesn't have a job. How is he going to pay her £50? Where will that come from?[/p][/quote]Well us tax payers of course, I know I makes me sick as well. If he's homeless were does the money to purchase the alcohol come from The DSS, they should be given vouchers not cash and the vouchers only valid for food and nothing else. Why am I so hard, because that's what it take to teach these people a real lesson. I'm willing to take all the thumbs down on this one, that's my feelings and I don't care what the do gooders think.. Spare a thought for the person who was trying to help this individual .[/p][/quote]'do gooders' straight out of the Daily Mail book of simple answers for simple people an unsurprisingly the professionals that have to deal with these types of problems always take a contrary view - odd that the vouchers do not work and can easily be circumvented sadly I have to wonder what is the greatest threat to our society, drunkeness or gross stupidity[/p][/quote]With soft attitudes like yours it's no wonder we have all these cretins runnining around causing misery and pain to all decent hardworking people! blackdog1
  • Score: 13

11:45pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Yankee1 says...

Wouldn't his problems be best treated in prison?

And society safer?
Wouldn't his problems be best treated in prison? And society safer? Yankee1
  • Score: 5

9:34am Tue 14 Jan 14

Controversial But True says...

suzigirl wrote:
He should have been locked up for six months - that should sort his alcohol problem out!
Keeping this scumbag behind bars is probably the worst the court could have done. Nice and warm in prison with a hint of human rights!!
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: He should have been locked up for six months - that should sort his alcohol problem out![/p][/quote]Keeping this scumbag behind bars is probably the worst the court could have done. Nice and warm in prison with a hint of human rights!! Controversial But True
  • Score: 2

12:06pm Tue 14 Jan 14

spooki says...

What about the staff who had to deal with this guy? Must have been scary and all they were doing is trying to help!
What about the ambulance few and other medical staff who wasted the time and skills on this 'man' who obviously didn't want the help? And the people waiting in A & E with genuine injuries or illnesses sitting and waiting while the staff have to deal with a drunk?
What about the staff who had to deal with this guy? Must have been scary and all they were doing is trying to help! What about the ambulance few and other medical staff who wasted the time and skills on this 'man' who obviously didn't want the help? And the people waiting in A & E with genuine injuries or illnesses sitting and waiting while the staff have to deal with a drunk? spooki
  • Score: 2

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