Clampdown On Violence Against NHS Staff
Staff are to be given better training in dealing with violent situations and offenders will be prosecuted more quickly.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock will set out further details later. He says the NHS will adopt a "zero tolerance" approach to violence against its staff. A bill to double the sentence for assaults on emergency workers from six months to a year is shortly expected to become law too.
The NHS Violence Reduction Strategy expands on work previously carried out by a body that was scrapped by government more than a year ago.
NHS Protect, the body that was disbanded in March 2017, used to support and advise hospitals in England on staff safety. Afterwards, it was solely up to individual NHS trusts to safeguard their workers.
Speaking to the Royal College of Nursing, Mr Hancock will outline how the new strategy will work:
- Offenders to be prosecuted quickly as a result of new partnership between the NHS, Police and Crown Prosecution Service
- Care inspectors will scrutinise NHS trusts on quality of plans to reduce violence against staff
- Better training for staff to deal with violent situations, including challenging circumstances involving patients with dementia or mental health issues
- A new system so that staff can record assaults more easily
NHS England will also look at national data to determine which staff are most vulnerable to violence and what more needs to be done.
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Source: BBC News 31/10/18
31 October 2018