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Zero tolerance approach to abuse of NHS staff: public support sought

November 3, 2014

Newry & District Trade Union Council (TUC) has called on the general public to support a zero tolerance approach to abuse against Health and Social Care Trust workers following the publication of a recent report that revealed almost two thousand cases of physical, verbal abuse and disruption were recorded last year.
Chairperson of Newry TUC, Cara Murchan, said there is no excuse for abusing workers in any place of employment.
“There are thousands of National Health Service workers in the Southern Trust area dedicated to providing a wide range of services to the public in hospitals, health centres, day care settings, social services offices, administration buildings, transport departments and many other locations. NHS workers need support of the public to discourage abuse whilst carrying out their jobs.
Not a day goes by without learning about abuse against NHS staff and these incidents are placing unnecessary stress on those workers who are doing their best to help the public. This pressure compounds the difficulties faced by workers trying to cope with cutbacks administered by the Health Minister and the The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety at the behest of the Tory government.”
Pointing out that Trade Unions and the Southern Trust are working together to protect workers: “We want the public to support this common goal. Likewise it is essential that the public put pressure on politicians to help us all fight against the cuts to services and job losses,” she added.

Newry & District Trade Union Council (TUC) has called on the general public to support a zero tolerance approach to abuse against Health and Social Care Trust workers following the publication of a recent report that revealed almost two thousand cases of physical, verbal abuse and disruption were recorded last year.Chairperson of Newry TUC, Cara Murchan, said there is no excuse for abusing workers in any place of employment.“There are thousands of National Health Service workers in the Southern Trust area dedicated to providing a wide range of services to the public in hospitals, health centres, day care settings, social services offices, administration buildings, transport departments and many other locations. NHS workers need support of the public to discourage abuse whilst carrying out their jobs.Not a day goes by without learning about abuse against NHS staff and these incidents are placing unnecessary stress on those workers who are doing their best to help the public. This pressure compounds the difficulties faced by workers trying to cope with cutbacks administered by the Health Minister and the The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety at the behest of the Tory government.”Pointing out that Trade Unions and the Southern Trust are working together to protect workers: “We want the public to support this common goal. Likewise it is essential that the public put pressure on politicians to help us all fight against the cuts to services and job losses,” she added.

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