On 10 June 2006, the Department of Health launched a consultation on proposed measures to deal with anti-social individuals creating a nuisance or disturbance on National Health Service healthcare premises. In some areas of the NHS certain individuals can divert resources away from healthcare provision by causing a nuisance or disturbance to patients and staff. This consultation document proposes introducing new legislation to give NHS health bodies new powers to tackle this problem. This paper seeks comments on the need for such legislation and all aspects of its formulation and use. The consultation period will close on 1 September 2006.
Copies of the consultation document have been placed in the Library.