Thursday, 24 April 2008

U-turn on NHS violence law

The Ministry of Justice has reversed a decision to exclude Wales from a new law offering hospital workers extra legal protection against violence.

Welsh Assembly Government ministers had initially said there was no need for the law in Wales. The assembly government had told the Ministry of Justice it would set up its own policies to protect staff, although it does not have the power to change criminal law. But this prompted an outcry from Labour MPs and crossbench peer Baroness Finlay of Llandaff.

The assembly government will have a say in how the new law works in Welsh hospitals. Full story HERE.

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