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Not A Target campaign

not a target Did you know that we have the right to refuse to treat patients who are violent and aggressive towards our staff?

We know that there are cases where aggressive and abusive behaviour can be caused by a medical condition or medication, but there are also many occasions where this is not the case.

Our campaign Not A Target aims to remind people that any kind of violence, aggression or harassment towards our staff, where there is no clinical reason for the behaviour, is unacceptable and will be taken seriously.

Nicky Hill, Director of Human Resources at NUH, said: “Our staff are some of the most hard-working, dedicated people you will ever come across, and yet we have many examples of where staff have been subjected to unnecessary abuse which is completely unacceptable.

“We will not tolerate this behaviour and will take the strongest possible action against those who are abusive.

“We have the right to withhold treatment from those that behave in this manner, where their behaviour is not linked to a clinical issue, and we will not hesitate to involve police in matters where appropriate.”