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Janet Davies: It's called the frontline, not the firing line

There is no excuse for attacking nurses. Making assaults on healthcare staff a specific criminal offence may be a last resort, but it could make a huge difference to tackling workplace violence, says RCN chief executive Janet Davies. 
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There is no excuse for attacking nurses. Making assaults on healthcare staff a specific criminal offence may be a last resort, but it could make a huge difference to tackling workplace violence, says RCN chief executive Janet Davies

Nursing staff should never have to face danger in the workplace, yet figures show the number being assaulted is rising year on year.

As nurses, we spend most of our time with patients, so it is us who bear the brunt of any aggression. But it is called the frontline, not the firing line, which is why the RCN is supporting LBC radio's campaign to make assaulting a member of healthcare staff a specific offence, as it is for harming a police officer.

For the second time in as many months,

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