Assaults (Mental Health Wards)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 18th July 2006.

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Photo of Ian Gibson Ian Gibson Labour, Norwich North 2:30 pm, 18th July 2006

Will my hon. Friend confirm the percentage of female patients subjected to such assaults, if that is known? Does she think that we have been rather more robust in ensuring the safety of our hospital accident and emergency ward employees—we have taken up the cudgels in that regard—and could we not show the same verve and enthusiasm in respect of our patients?


Posted on 19 Jul 2006 3:21 pm (Report this annotation)

our safety should be of the utmost importance as we do not have an independent reporting system that protects us from those who make us most fearful....from MIND Ward Watch "Just 37% of respondents who had been threatened, or who had been the victim of verbal abuse, violence, racisim or sexual harrassment while in hospital, reported this incident to a staff member."
That could mean up to 64% of incidents go unreported...there are too many vulnerable people suffering in silence....