RCN urges employers to tackle violence against staff

Employers are failing to tackle rising physical assaults against NHS staff, according to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

On Thursday Healthcare Republic reported that the number of physical assaults against NHS staff increased by 0.5% to 55,993 in 2007/8, according to the NHS Security Management Service.

Responding to the figures, Janet Davis, RCN executive director, said: ‘Too many employers are failing to put the time and the resources into measures that prevent attacks on staff in the first place.

‘In fact, in the absence of effective employer action, the RCN has created guidance for nurses and employers outlining how to reduce the risk of attacks in their workplace.

‘The NHS needs to pursue prosecution more vigorously. With less than 3% of attackers receiving some sort of criminal sanction, it’s very clear that the system is continuing to fail attacks – a poor deterrent for would-be attackers.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

Comment below and tell us what you think

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

NHS operating procedure for primary care to remain until UK lifts all COVID-19 restrictions

NHS operating procedure for primary care to remain until UK lifts all COVID-19 restrictions

The NHS standard operating procedure (SOP) for primary care will remain in place...

All adults in England to book COVID jab 'this week' as UK hits 30m second doses

All adults in England to book COVID jab 'this week' as UK hits 30m second doses

All adults should be able to book their first COVID-19 jab by the ‘end of this week’...

NHS faces workforce 'pinch point' as COVID-19 drives wave of retirements, warns GMC

NHS faces workforce 'pinch point' as COVID-19 drives wave of retirements, warns GMC

Numbers of doctors working in the NHS will soon reach a ‘pinch point’ unless immediate...

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

GPs across the UK are playing a leading role in the largest-ever NHS vaccination...

NHS England pledges £30m for GPs to boost long COVID diagnosis and care

NHS England pledges £30m for GPs to boost long COVID diagnosis and care

NHS England has promised £30m for general practice to improve diagnosis and care...

Second dose COVID jabs for over-40s to be accelerated as lifting restrictions is delayed

Second dose COVID jabs for over-40s to be accelerated as lifting restrictions is delayed

Second doses of COVID-19 vaccines in England will be 'accelerated' for all over-40s...