Doctors shun safety on home calls

MOST Australian doctors take no precautions against violent attacks when visiting patients out-of-hours, a survey suggests.

Dr Chris Ifediora of Griffith University quizzed 172 members of the National Home Doctor Service on their security habits during after-hours calls, and found 57% took no protective measures.

About a third of these knew the risks but were unsure what to do, while 6% had never considered their safety.

Of the 43% who took protective measures, about a third employed chaperones or security personnel, while a