Date lodged: 16 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to protect NHS staff, in light of reported figures showing a 46% increase in incidents of verbal or physical aggression against NHS Tayside staff.
Answered by: Shona Robison 28 November 2017
Any violence or aggression against NHSScotland staff is unacceptable and we have policies in place to provide a continuously improving and safe working environment. We encourage NHSScotland Boards to commit to supporting appropriate action, including pursuing criminal prosecution where appropriate, against anyone who assaults a staff member.
Specific legislation is in place to protect clinical staff working both in our hospitals and in the community from harm. Additionally, the Staff Governance Standard for NHS Scotland commits all Boards to promoting the health and wellbeing of staff, patients and the wider community.
NHS Tayside have advised that they have locally implemented policies in place dealing with Aggression and Violence Management, and Lone Working. The Board also has plans to launch a public awareness campaign ‘Respect us’ in January 2018 reaffirming that acts of violence or aggression towards staff members will not be tolerated.