Police collaborate with NHS to reduce violence towards health workers

Thu 24 Sep, 2009

BBC News : Wales Online

The NHS in Wales have entered into a historic deal with police officers to help to combat violence towards health workers.  Figures show that during 2007 and 2008, more than 7,000 violent or aggressive incidents were committed against nurses or other heath care workers in the NHS.  Many of these incidents were towards lone workers who visited or dealt with patients on their own.

Health Minister Edwina Hart commented on the new measures: “I am determined to stamp out violence and aggression against NHS staff.”  Recent years have seen a number of legislations come into action, such as the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, which sees convictions being brought to employers who fail to take the necessary steps to protect their employees safety.  As such, the NHS are issuing lone worker alarms to all staff members for work on their own or without close supervision at any time.

Tina Donnelly, director of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales comments that: “Nurses and other healthcare staff need to know that the police, government, and their employees are aware of violent incidents and support efforts to prevent and mitigate violence and must be proactive in taking steps to make the workplace safe.”