NHS: Crimes of Violence

Health written question – answered on 23rd March 2010.

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Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government), Vice-Chair (Youth), Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many assaults on NHS (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) ambulance personnel and (d) non-clinical staff have been reported in each London primary care trust in each year since 2000; and how many criminal sanctions resulted in each such case.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

The information is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Information on the number of reported physical assaults against national health service staff in England is contained in the 'Tables Showing Number of Reported Physical Assaults on NHS Staff from 2004-05 to 2007-08, Broken Down by NHS Trust/PCT' and 'Tables Showing Number of Reported Physical Assaults on NHS Staff in 2008-09, Broken Down by NHS Trust/PCT', which have already been placed in the Library.

The numbers of criminal sanctions reported following assaults against NHS staff in England since 2004-05 are shown in the following table:

2004-05 759
2005-06 850
2006-07 869
2007-08 992
2008-09 941

Criminal sanctions include:

cautions and conditional cautions; community rehabilitation or punishment orders; imprisonment (including suspended sentences); conditional discharges; and fines.

The NHS Security Management Service (SMS) can assist employers through guidance on assessing risks and acting to protect staff from assaults and, where incidents do occur, on taking action against offenders. The NHS SMS also works with stakeholders, including the Social Partnership Forum, to promote the safety and security of NHS staff.

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