NHS violence not being tackled with urgency2nd July 2009
Welsh Assembly Members have raised concerns that acts of violence and aggression against NHS workers in Wales have been tackled with a "lack of urgency".
The assembly’s audit committee say that progress on the issues has been limited over the past three years.
However, while AMs acknowledged some improvements had been made, they remained concerned about the numbers of prosecutions compared to the level of attacks.
Staff who have experienced attacks have raised concerns over the levels of security and others say there is regular verbal abuse.
Many attacks are still also going unreported with staff believing that action would not be taken against their attacker.
Committee chairman Jonathan Morgan AM said: "It's just over three years since the committee reported first on the need to protect NHS staff from violence and aggression.
"In that time some progress has been made. Systems are being developed for recording incidents and systems to develop staff training are being developed.
"But there is still a long way to go and in three years only limited progress has been made."
The committee has called on the health minister to investigate, in conjunction with health service unions, and decide whether there is a need to lobby Westminster for tough new legislation.
An assembly government spokesperson said: "The health minister has received a copy of the report and will consider its findings and recommendations."
Welsh ministers announced extra measures in April to protect NHS staff, including CCTV cameras at accident and emergency units and in ambulances.
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Title: NHS violence not being tackled with urgency
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 12005
Date Added: 2nd Jul 2009