Northern Ireland nurses handed emergency alarms

Thousands of emergency alarms have been distributed to nurses in Northern Ireland under a zero tolerance on violence campaign.

Health secretary Alan Johnson last month announced a £97 funding package to boost prosecutions against patients who assault NHS staff and to provide safety alarms for nurses in England.

But the Police Service of Northern Ireland has funded around 12,000 alarms, which have already been distributed primarily to nurses.

A total of 3,377 nurses were assaulted in Northern Ireland in the 12 months to June this year.

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