The Welsh Assembly Government has announced plans to install CCTV cameras in accident and emergency departments and ambulances across Wales, as part of a plan to tackle violence and aggressive behaviour towards NHS staff.
Four A&E departments and five ambulances will pilot the scheme, which aims to gather evidence that will lead to the prosecution of violent and aggressive individuals.
The four hospitals involved are the Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil; the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport; West Wales General Hospital in Carmarthen and Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor. Five ambulances from the Blackweir Ambulance Station in Cardiff will also be fitted with CCTV systems.
Health minister Edwina Hart said: “In undertaking this pilot, absolute priority will be given to ensuring patient privacy and dignity, involving close liaison with doctors, nurses and patient representatives. Clear signage will be displayed to ensure public awareness of CCTV.”
Dr Chris Jones, Chairman of Cwm Taf Health Board, said: “It is vital that we protect our staff and the vast majority of our law abiding patients from the unwarranted actions and behaviour of the few. We very much welcome anything that supports this.”