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Zero Tolerance must mean zero tolerance

5 September, 2007

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson, North Belfast MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has said that attacks on health and social care service staff have a huge personal cost on people carrying out demanding jobs in the first place and called on the Health Minister to ensure that zero tolerance means zero tolerance.

Speaking after meeting with a number of Health Unions at Stormont today including the RCN, RCM, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and NIPSA Ms Ní Chuilín said:

"These attacks on our health and social care service staff come at huge cost. There is the personal cost for people carrying out demanding and important jobs in the first place and there are the wider costs for our health and social care services in terms of injuries to staff and the impact this has on service delivery.

"What is clear is that zero tolerance must mean zero tolerance.

"We all have a part to play in challenging violence against any of our public sector workers.

"We need to ensure that any and all attacks against health and social care workers result in appropriate punishment and we need to ensure good resourcing to support staff training in dealing with potentially difficult situations within the health environment and support for victims of attack." ENDS

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