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Lack of progress against violence towards NHS staff

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A report has criticised a lack of progress tackling violence and aggression against NHS staff in Wales.

The report, from the National Assembly for Wales Audit Committee, said that restructuring of the health service in the country has delayed implantation of anti-violence measures.

Committee members are calling for urgent action to speed up the introduction of measures to increase prosecution rates and potential new legislation from the Westminster government.

It also wants a progress report from the Welsh Government by the end of the year.

Jonathan Morgan AM, committee chair, said: ‘There is still a long way to go and in three years only limited progress has been made.’

Tina Donnelly, director of RCN Wales welcomed the report. She added: ‘Nurses should not have to endure violence and intimidation whilst they care for patients and most certainly neither the Welsh Assembly Government or the NHS should be tolerating this situation. 

‘We welcome the idea that the Welsh Assembly Government should give a progress report at the end of this year. In particular we would like to see an emphasis on an increase in prosecutions.’

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