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Wales is told to tackle staff abuse

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The RCN has called on NHS managers to fully implement new measures to protect nurses in Wales.

The Welsh Assembly last week announced the appointment of David Francis, a former senior police officer and chairperson of Cwm Taff NHS Trust, as its NHS anti-violence champion.

Mr Francis is charged with implementing a package of measures to protect nurses and other health workers, including police patrols of NHS premises, an extension of CCTV use and the lone worker alert system, and free access to solicitors to pursue prosecutions.

Richard Jones, interim director of RCN Wales, welcomed the measures but warned that they must be implemented if they were to have an effect.

‘These measures will prove no more than wishful thinking unless they are acted on by employers – we expect them to be implemented in full,’ he said.

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