NHS staff should be able to go to work without fear of violence, abuse or harassment from patients or their relatives.
Violence not only puts healthcare workers at risk, but prevents them from doing their job, caring for others.
We have made significant progress in raising awareness of the problem, encouraging staff to report incidents of violence and aggression so prosecutions can be pursued.
Violence against NHS staff will simply not be tolerated. We have seen a huge rise in successful prosecutions, which I hope sends a clear message that we have a zero tolerance approach in operation. I want those who think they can get away with attacks on NHS staff to know they will feel the full weight of the law.
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