Thur 8 April 04
Life sentence for nurse attacker sends
out powerful message
UNISON Scotland welcomes the life
sentenced imposed on William Kerr at the Glasgow High Court this morning and supports
the strong message that this sentence sends out it in relation to assaults on
public service workers.
Ms Dunnery has been exceptionally
brave in 'going public' on her horrific experience and she has used it to back
the UNISON campaign aimed at improving security for all public service workers.
UNISON Scotland hopes that the Scottish Executive will
now take on board the outcome of this morning's case and as a result consider
broadening the remit of their proposed legislation for the 'Protection of Emergency
Workers' to include all public sector workers.
UNISON Scottish secretary said: "We welcome the proposed legislation aimed at
protecting emergency workers however when Ms Dunnery was attacked she was working
in a medical ward in an non-emergency role and would not have been covered by
the new legislation.
"This case proves that the risk faced
by public service workers in both emergency and non-emergency situations are fundamentally
the same and we believe that any attempt to make a distinction between assaulting
a public service worker in an emergency situation and assaulting one in a non
emergency situation to be illusory.
"We therefore call
on the Executive to take on board the issues raised by this case and to widen
the remit of their legislation to include all public service workers."
For Further Information Please Contact: Ahrlene
Ferguson 0141 332 2819 Dave Watson 0845 355 0845(o) 07787 558410(m)