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