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Nurse sought for NHS to handle 'irate surgeons and aggressive patients'

Despite the NHS advert's controversial wording 61 people still applied for the vacancy with a starting salary of £15,358.

Gartnavel Hospital Glasgow quality news image Creative Commons image from Flickr uploaded March 31 2015
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A newspaper advert for a job at an NHS hospital in Glasgow has been pulled after the controversial description caused fury among staff.

The post for a theatre nursing support worker at Gartnavel General Hospital warned applicants about "complaints from irate surgeons due to the pressures and constraints of the environment".

Interested parties also risked dealing with "verbal and physical aggressive behaviour from patients" under the influence of drugs, alcohol or anaesthetic.

However despite the advert's wording it has been reported 61 people still applied for the vacancy with a starting salary of £15,358 to work 37.5 hours including nightshifts and weekends.

In an interview with the Evening Times, one person slamed the advert saying: "This really isn't funny.

"I am horrified that someone would seek to make fun of lower paid workers being subjected to verbal abuse."

The NHS Careers website calls theatre support workers "an essential part of the operating department team" who transfer patients, look after vital theatre equipment and keep operating areas clean and tidy.

An NHS staff member added: "There are posters hanging around the hospital stating that we wont accept verbal or physical abuse from patients.

"But this job description was telling us we should not only expect this from surgeons but that we will also sign a contract agreeing to it."

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde confirmed the advert had now been removed.

A spokesman for NHSGGC said: "Clearly, this is a job description that appears to be written as a practical joke and unfortunately has slipped through our HR checks before being posted.

"The advert was removed."

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