NHS to tackle attacks on staff7th November 2011
The health service is to work closely with the police to reduce the number of attacks on its staff.
The amount of attacks on NHS staff has remained around 60,000 for the last six years and further action is usually on taken in a small proportion of cases.
NHS Protect, the security branch of the health service, have signed an agreement with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
The agreement contains advice on how to share data and preventing organisations from doing the same work twice.
Chief Constable Brian Moore, the lead for violence and public protection at the ACPO, said there were weak areas that needed to be targeted.
He said the agreement would mean that the three organisations would be able to work "more effectively".
Richard Hampton, from NHS Protect, said that health service workers should be able to exist in a "safe and secure working environment".
"Violence and abuse against them is highly disruptive for the delivery of treatment to patients and cannot be tolerated."
In 2010 there were over 56,000 assaults reported, although in 60% of cases the assault was connected with the person's medical status.
However sanctions were only carried out in around 1,000 cases.
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Title: NHS to tackle attacks on staff
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 20280
Date Added: 7th Nov 2011