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Survey Reports 70% of NHS Assistants Face Violence in the Workplace

28 November 2012
 November 28, 2012

A recent survey by UNISON has revealed some shocking statistics concerning the welfare of Healthcare Assistants in the NHS.

The survey shows that more than 70% in the sector had been the victim of aggression and violence in the workplace. Of this statistic, one in five of those had been assaulted and required medical assistance.

Many of the 1,200 staff surveyed thought that staffing levels have become insufficient as a result of Government spending cuts. 40% also thought of leaving the NHS over the past year – although it’s not clear if this is a direct result of facing violence.

Commenting on the survey results, Christina McAnea, UNISON Head of Health, said:

“This survey illustrates the sometimes grim reality for healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners, whose already challenging job is made harder by inadequate staffing and the threat of aggression and violence.”

Commenting on the survey results, Christina McAnea, UNISON Head of Health, said:

“This survey illustrates the sometimes grim reality for healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners, whose already challenging job is made harder by inadequate staffing and the threat of aggression and violence.”

Spending cuts have meant that more and more public sector workers face working on their own, often in demanding and intimidating circumstances. The reduction of roles where staff paired together appears to be a direct link with the reported demoralisation of Healthcare Assistants.

McAnea continues, “When four in ten HCAs are considering leaving the profession, something is very wrong. This survey is demonstrating the real impact of Government cuts – demoralised staff who are trying to deliver the best possible care they can in ever more difficult circumstances.”

“It is time for the government to think again about the damage that its demand for £20bn in so called ‘efficiency savings’ is having on the NHS. Cuts aren’t working, and if these vital professionals are depleted even more, the impact on patient care will be enormous.”

The Government appears to take a different stance on the findings. Health Minister Anna Soubry, said:

“It is simply wrong to suggest we have cut NHS funding. We are investing an extra £12.5bn into the health services by 2015. Violence and aggression towards NHS staff is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Staff should be able to carry out their work without fear of violence.

“The local NHS is working with police to clamp down on this type of behaviour and ensure that the NHS is a safe place to work. The NHS constitution puts violence against staff as a key issue.”

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