AFTER a silly fall while at my son's place at Maroochydore a week ago, I was taken to the Nambour Hospital emergency ward and diagnosed with broken bones.
I spent several hours lying in a bed with the best of attention given to me while I waited for procedures.
During those hours I witnessed a patient verbally abuse the staff - the most foul and intimidating tirade that went on for hours non-stop.
She promised the staff she would seek out their families and do them harm.
Her accusations were dramatic and still the staff treated her well.
We cannot allow staff to suffer this rot any longer. When I mentioned to a nurse in Gympie what I had done she said 'we are not allowed to say that to them''.
I understand the ambulance staff cop it worse. Fancy having three security staff on duty in an emergency ward of one of our hospitals
The experience first hand highlighted to me the need for change so that hospital staff have some rights too.
Julia Lawrence O.A.M.,