The Department of Health has officially announced the roll-out of 30,000 personal security alarms for community nurses.
Last month Nursing Times reported that a deal to procure the alarms was imminent. The contract has now been signed with a company called Reliance for its i750 identicom device, with roll-out of the alarms expected to begin as soon as this week.
The contract fulfils a pledge first made by ministers fours years ago. The proposal of alarms for lone workers was originally put forward by former health secretary John Reid in March 2005 – and reiterated in September 2007 by current health secretary Alan Johnson.
Anne Duffy, chief executive of the Community and District Nurses Association, said: ‘This is the best news for district nurses. We have campaigned for the safety of nurse for some time, Alan Johnson has delivered his pledge to us and we thank him. We have a duty of care for the nurses who care for all of us.’