Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust: Staff Assaults

Health written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Damian Green Damian Green Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many attacks on NHS staff have been reported by (a) Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust, (b) East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust and (c) their predecessor Trusts in each of the last five years.

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 against NHS staff.

The numbers of violent incidents and reported physical assaults for 2002-03 and for 2004-05 to 2006-07 are shown in the following table.

Violent incidents Physical assaults
NHS trusts 2002-03 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
East Kent Hospitals NHS trust 118 84 157 120
East and Coastal Kent primary care trust 157
Ashford primary care trust(1) 2 79 93
Canterbury and Coastal primary care trust(1) 28 15 10
East Kent Coastal primary care trust(1) 10 6 4
Shepway primary care crust(1) 6 1 2
Swale primary care trust(1) 56 46 18
(1) On 1 October 2006, the mentioned primary care trusts merged to form Eastern and Coastal Kent primary care trust.

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