CCTV to protect NHS staff15th December 2009
Four accident and emergency departments in Wales are to receive CCTV as part of a £300,000 pilot scheme aimed at tackling assaults on staff.
Five ambulances from the Blackweir station in Cardiff will also be given cameras by the scheme, which will run for one year.
The hospitals participating in the pilot are the Prince Charles in Merthyr Tydfil, Royal Gwent in Newport, Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor and West Wales General in Carmarthen.
The first hospital to launch the scheme is the Prince Charles. The organisers of the pilot say they hope the CCTV systems will supply evidence to boost the amount of successful prosecutions.
Health minister Edwina Hart said it was "unacceptable" that health service staff should be subjected to assaults while they were looking after patients.
Richard Lewis, Welsh secretary of the British Medical Association, said: "We are extremely pleased that the minister is taking action on the violence and aggressive behaviour agenda."
"We have repeatedly stated that there should be zero tolerance to violence of any sort in the NHS and the mechanisms must be there to minimise the likelihood of attacks, to support staff who experience them, and to ensure that anyone who commits an act of violence is dealt with appropriately."
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Title: CCTV to protect NHS staff
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 13518
Date Added: 15th Dec 2009