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WALES: Champion will help protect NHS staff.

Byline: By TOM BODDEN

HEALTH minister Edwina Hart will today appoint a champion to protect NHS staff from violence and aggression.

David Francis, former deputy chief constable of South Wales, will implement a crackdown against aggressive behaviour against health workers.

Proposals include police to patrol NHS premises to deter attacks, more use of CCTV and alarms, and extra training for staff.

Ms Hart will announce the measures at the Wales TUC conference in Llandudno today.

She said: "David Francis as former deputy chief constable of South Wales Police has considerable experience in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.

"I believe he has the right skills from both the police and health services to take forward these extremely important recommendations to make a real difference for staff and patients.

"David will act as a champion on this matter and lead on the development of a publicity strategy to ensure the message is clear to NHS staff that the matter is being treated seriously and to show what is being done to address the issue."

The Assembly Government commissioned a report to identify measures to tackle violence and aggressions against health professionals.

The group was led by Dave Galligan, head of health for Unison in Wales, and included representatives from healthcare unions, Association of Chief Police Officers, the Health and Safety Executive and the Welsh Assembly Government.

Other recommendations urged trusts to work with the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure the effective prosecution of offenders.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
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Date:May 22, 2008
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