Abbie case prompts hospital crackdown
Monday 03 October 1994
The need for tightened security procedures was exposed by the case of Abbie Humphries who was stolen from a hospital near Nottingham by a woman posing as a nurse.
The new guidelines, to be published later this year, will update recommended security measures such as locking access doors at night, improving the quality of security guards, and possible curfews.
The Government has invited John Rabun, vice president of the United States' National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, to address a national workshop on infant abduction organised by NAHAT in London later this month when a video and guidelines on preventing infant abduction based on the American experience will be given to delegates.
The association is currently conducting a survey of all maternity units with the aim of spreading better practices.
Philip Hunt, the association's director, said: 'Good security, as in the outside world, depends on all who work in the service being vigilant and taking responsibility for reporting anything suspicious.'
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