“We started this investigation as a result of plenty of members raised considerations concerning the security of ladies and youngsters on NHS wards, however we’re horrified at what we now have uncovered,” she stated.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said in Parliament he was “deeply shocked and appalled” on the numbers. “NHS organizations are accountable for defending their workers and sufferers,” he stated, including they’ve “just lately established a home abuse and sexual violence program to construct extra strong safeguarding.”
There have been 2,088 experiences of rape and 4,451 experiences of sexual assaults made to 35 police forces, in line with the WRN, which despatched requests to 43 forces in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Eire. Eight forces, together with these in Scotland and Northern Eire, didn’t provide information.
Solely 4 p.c of the experiences are identified to have resulted in fees, the WRN stated.
The federal government is deciding what motion, if any, it ought to take. The Telegraph newspaper on Monday quoted an unidentified supply as saying that Well being Secretary Steve Barclay is in discussions with the NHS on a plan to introduce physique cameras for nurses.
The report got here at a tense time for the NHS, which has seen ongoing strikes by nurses and junior medical doctors — amongst different public service employees — over current months, pushed by disputes over pay and dealing circumstances.
Inflation in Britain peaked at 11.1 p.c in October, the best in 4 a long time, and has remained within the double digits.
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The Royal School of Nursing, the nurses’ union, voted on April 14 to reject an offer of a 5 p.c improve from April, plus a one-off lump sum for 2022-23. “Till there’s a considerably improved supply, we’re compelled again to the picket line,” the union’s common secretary, Pat Cullen, said.
Barclay said the supply was “honest and cheap.”
The second day of a deliberate 48-hour nurses strike from April 30 to Could 2 will probably be challenged within the Excessive Courtroom, Barclay said, set to happen Thursday. The second day of the strike wouldn’t be lawful and he was appearing on a request from NHS employers, he stated. He beforehand said that “strike motion with no nationwide exemptions agreed, together with for emergency and most cancers care, may even put affected person security in danger.”
Paramedics in Britain began wearing cameras in 2021, in an effort to handle rising circumstances of assaults in opposition to them whereas on the job. The cameras have also been trialed in psychological well being wards.
The RCN’s newest acknowledged place on physique cameras, from August, was that it “acknowledges that the views of healthcare professionals and members on using body-worn cameras in well being and care settings are numerous and acknowledges that there’s restricted proof on their effectiveness and acceptability by each sufferers and workers.”