NHS Staff (Attacks)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11 November 1997.

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Photo of Frank Dobson Frank Dobson The Secretary of State for Health 12:00, 11 November 1997

National health service staff at all levels and in all disciplines tell me that certain aspects of the patients charter have led to an increase in the number of assaults on and abuses of staff, particularly in accident and emergency departments. That is one reason why we intend to change the patients charter and make it an NHS charter in which patients have responsibilities as well as rights.