Five-fold increase in attacks on NHS workers

By Christine Lavelle

A HUGE rise in attacks on emergency service workers could mean every member of staff is fitted with a personal panic alarm.

Prosecutions for assaults on NHS workers have risen by 542 per cent, and court proceedings increased from 57 to 309 under the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act, which was extended in 2007.

The statistics were revealed by the Scottish Conservatives who said the “appalling” figures give clear evidence that the problem was out of control.

Nanette Milne, the party’s public health spokeswoman, said it was time to look for “new ways of protecting” Scotland’s emergency workers and called for the use of panic alarms. Continue reading