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Hospital gets its own cell for thugs.

A NEW hospital is to get its own police station - complete with a cell for violent thugs - in a bid to cut attacks on staff.

Several officers will be involved in a job-share scheme to ensure a uniformed cop is constantly on duty at the new Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Yesterday, health leaders welcomed the move, which they said would help ease the fears of nurses, porters and other hospital workers who face the threat of violence on a daily basis.

Research by the Royal College of Nursing found half of all nurses had been victims of physical violence.

RCN Scottish Board Secretary James Kennedy said: "Having a permanent police presence will be a huge weight off their minds if you look at the level of violence our staff face on a daily basis.

"If this works well for the police and for hospital staff then I would sincerely hope it is something other hospitals would look at very seriously."
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