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Stalking protection for NHS staff

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NHS GGC is considering measures such as a "buddying" system for staff

Scotland's largest health board is looking at measures to protect its employees from stalking.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) has made the move following "unwanted and intrusive contact" involving staff.

This has seen workers being followed, secretly photographed or harassed with some physical damage to their property.

On Tuesday, members of Holyrood's Justice committee voted in favour of a new law on stalking which could see offenders jailed for up to five years.

NHS GGC, which employs 44,000 staff, has set up a working group with Strathclyde Police, to prepare new procedures to protect staff.

'Zero tolerance'

Dr Anne MacDonald, a consultant forensic psychiatrist and member of the group, said: "Stalking is not something that just happens to celebrities or as the result of a broken relationship.

"It is something that all staff, whether or not working directly with the public, can face and is an issue that needs to be tackled.

"It is totally unacceptable that any of our staff should have to face and endure the trauma of being stalked and our stance is very much one of zero tolerance to this kind of abuse."

Moves being considered to protect staff include, mentoring, training of line managers to recognise and handle risk, a "buddying-up" system and the use of GPS tracking technology.

On Tuesday, MSPs on Holyrood's Justice committee voted in favour of a new law on stalking which could see offenders jailed for up to five years.



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