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Rise in attacks on NHS staff

7th November 2008

The Royal College of Nursing has said the health service is "not doing enough to pursue perpetrators of violence against its staff".


The RCN have responded to the yearly statistics of attacks on staff released by the NHS Security Management Service.

The amount of attacks on staff working in the health service increased by 284 in 2006/07 to 55,993 in 2007/08.

The NHS took action against 992 attackers in 2007/08 - a rise from 123 in 2006/07.

The RCN said that health service managers should ensure attackers were prosecuted and cautioned that present deterrents were "not strong enough" to put off people who might be violent.

The RCN said the increase was "completely unacceptable" and said members should use RCN’s publication, "Work-related violence: An RCN tool to manage risk and promote safer working practices in health care".

Executive Director of the Royal College of Nursing, Janet Davis, said: "While more staff are reporting assaults, a step in the right direction, indicating confidence there will be follow up action, too many employers are failing to put the time and the resources into measures that prevent attacks on staff in the first place."

She added that as the RCN has produced their own guidance because of the lack of "effective employer action".


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Article Information

Title: Rise in attacks on NHS staff
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 9111
Date Added: 7th Nov 2008


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