Hospitals: Crimes of Violence

Health written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne Conservative, Ludlow

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate she has made of the cost of violent and abusive patients to West Midlands strategic health authority in terms of extra security, absenteeism, training of staff and legal bills.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

This is a matter for the relevant local national health service organisations. The NHS Security Management Service (NHS SMS) is part of the Counter Fraud and Security Management Service (CFSMS), a division of the NHS Business Service Authority, and has overall responsibility for all policy and operational matters related to the management of security in the NHS. On behalf of the Secretary of State for Health, the NHS SMS determines the policies, legal framework, operational guidance and minimum standards necessary to ensure that the objective of providing a secure environment for the NHS can be achieved. It also provides central and regional support to those charged with undertaking security management work in health bodies, so that the required standards can be met.

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