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|
|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.|