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Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Violence and aggression against Welsh NHS workers is still proving to be a big problem

The BMA welcomes this update on progress with regard to the work of the Ministerial task force on violence and aggression and while much has been achieved, there is still a great deal to be done.

It remains unacceptable that doctors and other healthcare workers are exposed to violence and aggression in the workplace on a daily basis.

The taskforce is beginning to put in place processes to protect and support staff but much more needs to be done to encourage reporting of violence and aggression in the workplace and this will only happen when people feel properly supported and incidents taken seriously.

Improvements in the Training Passport and Information Passport Scheme are to be welcomed but more action is needed and it is concerning that significantly more improvement hasn’t been made in tackling the safety of lone workers, which is especially important for primary and community care staff.

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