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Zero tolerance to violence against staff

The Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is launching a zero tolerance campaign to combat violence against NHS staff.

Posters, which will go up in the Manchester Royal Infirmary's Accident and Emergency Department, depict staff that have been attacked and sustained facial injuries. The bold imagery has been designed to shock people into thinking about their actions.

The posters carry a strong message that '98% of people who assaulted our A&E staff in 2010 were successfully convicted' making it clear to patients and visitors that any violence towards staff won't be tolerated.

The campaign is a joint initiative by the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Greater Manchester Police.

Violence is unacceptable

Jane Grimshaw, Lead Nurse Emergency Services said: "It is unacceptable that caring NHS staff are faced with intimidation and violence. Victims suffer both physically and psychologically. This sort of behaviour can damage health care professionals' confidence affecting their ability to do their job in the long term."

PC Carl Kelly, GMP Manchester Royal Infirmary Liaison Officer said attacks against NHS staff were "totally unacceptable" and that health workers will receive the full protection of the law.

He said: "We take assaults on NHS staff very seriously, and we will press for the maximum possible penalty for anyone who behaves in a violent or abusive way."


Issued by:  Ruth Richards, Communications Officer
Tel: 0161 901 2659
E-mail: ruth.richards@cmft.nhs.uk