Violence against NHS staff in Wales unreported

NHS staff are not reporting all incidents of violence and aggression, according to the Wales Audit Office.

Photograph: JH Lancy
Photograph: JH Lancy

Its report ‘NHS taking steps to protect staff from violence and aggression’ found many health bodies’ actions to prevent and control violent incidents are still not in place.

It adds that there remains a lack of benchmarking data and staff training is still an issue.

Jeremy Colman, auditor general for Wales, said: ‘Improving staff safety is treated as a high priority by both NHS trusts and the Assembly government and there is evidence that things are starting to get better.

‘But there are further steps that need to be taken and, with under-reporting still a problem, the full extent of violent incidents is not yet known.’

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