Hospitals: Staff Assaults

Health written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of John Cummings John Cummings Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many assaults upon staff at (a) Sunderland Royal Hospital, (b) Durham University Hospital and (c) Hartlepool General Hospital were recorded in each year since 2002; and how many successful prosecutions followed such assaults.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

The Department collected figures on the number of violent incidents in the year 2002-03.

In April 2003 the national health service security management service (NHS SMS) was created and assumed responsibility for tackling violence against NHS staff. Since 2004-05 the NHS SMS has collected statistics for the number of reported physical assaults and criminal sanctions against individuals who have assaulted NHS staff.

The numbers of violent incidents, reported physical assaults and criminal sanctions are not available by hospital but by trust. The figures for 2002-03 and for 2004-05 to 2006-07 are shown in the following table.

2002-03 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
NHS trust Violent incidents Assaults Sanctions Assaults Sanctions Assaults Sanctions
City hospitals and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust 103 124 1 153 2 123 4
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust 339 97 1 47 4 41 7
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust 163 61 22 57 1 8 0

Criminal sanctions include:

Cautions and Conditional Cautions;

Community Rehabilitation or Punishment Orders;

Imprisonment (including suspended sentences);

Conditional Discharges; and


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