The statistics show that "adverse events" happen every day
Shocking statistics reveal there are dozens of so-called "adverse events" – defined as incidents which cause harm or have the potential to cause harm – every day.
Some 167,041 cases have been recorded since 2011 with the NHS facing increasing pressure to treat an ageing population with complex needs as budgets are cut.
A total of 49 elderly patients died in such circumstances in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde over the period.
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Many of these adverse incidents will have been unavoidable
Dr Peter Bennie
Other cases ranged from falls, self-harm and aggressive or disruptive behaviour to assaults on staff, patients absconding from secure facilities and staff shortages.
In NHS Borders, a staff member was injured while receiving training in dealing with aggressive patients.
Elsewhere, NHS Fife recorded incidents of bomb threats, suspicious packages and rooftop protests.
It comes just weeks after doctors' leader warned the service faces "unprecedented challenges" and politicians lack a clear plan to tackle the growing crisis.
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Dr Peter Bennie, chairman of the British Medical Association (BMA) Scotland, launched a scathing attack on the Scottish Government, claiming health boards are "struggling to cope".
The figures were obtained by Tories using Freedom of Information laws. The party's health spokesman Donald Cameron warned the total could be far higher with some of the country's 14 boards unable to give complete figures.
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He said: "In such environments, many of these adverse incidents will have been unavoidable and it's a credit to hardworking NHS staff that they deal with these day in, day out.
"But patients in these wards, and their families, will be extremely worried at the sheer scale of these flashpoints.
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"There are a significant number of incidents which were put down to staffing shortages, or a lack of adequate resources and training, and that very much falls at the Scottish Government's door.
"As our population ages and conditions like dementia become more prevalent, it's clear something needs to be done to ensure these incidents don't increase."
Last November it was revealed that 25,000 adverse incidents had been recorded in maternity hospitals over the same period.
Three mothers have also died in such circumstances since 2011.
Last November it was revealed that 25,000 adverse incidents had been recorded in maternity hospitals
Health Secretary Shona Robison announced a Healthcare Improvement Scotland review into care at Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock, after six so-called "unnecessary" deaths of babies at the facility since 2008.
The Scottish Government pointed it out it had introduced a regular hospital inspection programme and new legistlation forcing boards to make adverse events public.
A spokeswoman added: " We expect health boards to use adverse events as an opportunity to learn and improve, to increase the safety of care for everyone.
“Healthcare Improvement Scotland has developed a national approach to learning from adverse events and is helping to support health boards to roll this out."
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