More from the Mail.
“I always carry a large pair of scissors. Issued so I can cut a patient's clothes if necessary, they're my one form of self-defence if I'm in real danger.”
Yes. Apart from them not being sharp (because you don't want to cut a patient's flesh by accident). And not heavy (because they are cheap NHS plastic). But you can use them to rub against the back of someone's hands to get them to drop you.
My one form of self defense is running away really quickly, or not being there in the first place.
I hate being made to look like I'm aiming to stab people.