CPS gets tough with violent patients

Tough revised guidelines governing the prosecution of violent offenders who target GPs and NHS staff have been issued by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and NHS Security Management Service.

The CPS is asking prosecutors to consider the more serious charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm even where injuries suffered are typical of common assault, when there are aggravating features.

This could be the vulnerability of a victim who works with the public or in the community.

Sir Ken Macdonald, director of public prosecutions, said: ‘People who work hard to deliver patient care and services deserve the protection of the criminal law. Where there is an assault against a member of NHS staff, the perpetrator can expect to be prosecuted.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

Crown Prosecution Service

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