New law to protect nursing staff from assaults

New law to protect nursing staff from assaults

Thanks to campaigning by RCN members, the law in England and Wales will be strengthened to protect health care staff from assaults.

The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill is now only one step away from becoming law following its third reading in the House of Lords today.

Nursing staff often face violence and aggressive behaviour in the workplace and the RCN has been calling for legislation to help tackle this.

The Bill, which could become law as early as autumn this year, will make it a specific offence to assault health care staff and other emergency workers in England or Wales.

Initially the scope of the Bill was very narrow and although prison and police officers were covered in the broadest terms, nurses and health care support workers were only covered if they were working in an A&E department or urgent treatment centre.


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