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Violence against nurses: will harsher sentences for assaults on emergency workers help?

In 2021, the maximum penalty in England and Wales will double to two years in prison

In 2021, new legislation will mean the maximum penalty in England and Wales will double to two years in prison

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Under new legislation due to come into effect in 2021, people who assault emergency workers in England and Wales will face up to two years in prison – double the current maximum penalty.

Nursing Standard readers have their say.

Rachel Kent is a mental health nurse in London

Rachel Kent

While I support treating assaults on healthcare staff and other emergency workers more seriously, including harsher penalties, this will only be effective if staff receive support when making a complaint. If a staff member who has been assaulted by a patient is not supported to make

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