Responding to media reports on the increase of violence against hospital staff, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said:
“All NHS workers should feel able to perform their vital jobs without the fear of violence.
“The NHS has a zero-tolerance attitude towards violence and can pursue legal action against offenders whenever appropriate.
“It is also the case that there must be improved support to services and teams where there are clinical conditions affecting patient behaviour. Organisations are also taking measures to prevent violence and in particular ensure that staffing levels reduce risk to our people.”