Justin Madders MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responding to the news that new measures will be introduced to clamp down on violence against NHS staff, said:
“Nobody should feel unsafe at work, and it is wholly unacceptable that almost 200 assaults occur on NHS staff every day.
“Labour has already backed new legislation to give our brave NHS and emergency workers the protection they deserve, whereas the Government last year scrapped NHS Protect which collated crucial data on assaults on NHS staff and prosecuted offenders.
“With many NHS staff at risk from assault and feeling they cannot deliver safe patient care because of the workforce crisis created by this Government, much more needs to be done to improve working conditions.
“NHS staff care for us in our most vulnerable state. Their safety must be our utmost priority.”