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Wednesday 21st August 2019

Violent patients could lose NHS rights

7th November 2012

Proposed changes to the NHS Constitution could see violent or abusive patients denied care on the NHS.

Figures from the latest annual Nursing in Practice survey show that 80% of primary care and community nurses have been verbally or physically assaulted by a patient in their career. Other changes recommended by the NHS Future Forum could give patients stronger rights, including access to single sex wards and increased involvement in end of life care, while health professionals will also be expected to acknowledge, explain and apologise when a mistake has been made about their care.


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