A staggering 1 in 8 NHS staff report experiencing violence whilst doing their job. Both as a Health Minister and as a Constituency MP I find this completely unacceptable and I know this will also be the view of the vast majority of local residents. So as a government we have doubled the penalty the courts can impose for violence against NHS workers, we are introducing new measures to ensure the police and crown prosecution services prosecute those responsible, and also ensuring that the Care Quality Commission gathers data so that individual hospital bosses are held accountable for taking action when their staff have experienced violence.
No one working for our NHS should have to put up with violence and we will do all we can to stop it and to prosecute and penalise those responsible. I spoke about this issue this week on the BBC’S The World at One here.