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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-14292: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 1 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle the reported rising number of assaults on NHS staff in the Borders, in light of figures that show almost three assaults were recorded every day between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017.

Answered by: Shona Robison 20 February 2018

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.

NHS Borders has advised that they have robust and effective local incident reporting procedures supported by regular training and daily safety briefings for staff. NHS Borders has confirmed they take any form of aggression against their staff very seriously and the Board will take all steps necessary to protect staff and pursue issues with the appropriate authorities.