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NHS Staff: Assaults

Health written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Karen Lumley Karen Lumley Conservative, Redditch

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the level of assaults on NHS staff in (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The number of physical assaults against staff reported by national health service bodies in England has been collected annually since 2004-05. Total figures are in the following table.

Reported physical assaults against NHS staff
Number
2008-09 54,758
2009-10 56,718
2010-11 57,830

Information on the number of reported physical assaults against NHS staff for the years 2008-09 and 2009-10, can be found in the ‘Tables showing the number of reported physical assaults on NHS staff for 2008-09, broken down by NHS trust/PCT’ and the ‘Table showing the number of reported physical assaults on NHS staff in 2009-10, broken down by NHS trust/PCT’ which have already been placed in the Library.

Information on the number of reported physical assaults against NHS staff for the year 2010-11, can be found in the 'Tables showing the number of reported physical assaults on NHS staff in 2010-11, broken down by NHS Trust/PCT' which has been placed in the Library.

The Government are committed to encouraging NHS organisations to work better with their local police forces to clamp down on anyone who is aggressive and abusive to staff.

Each NHS body has a duty to address the risks to their staff. NHS Protect is the body responsible for leading work to tackle violence against NHS staff. This includes the provision of guidance and operational support to enable trusts to address their responsibilities in relation to the safety and security of their staff and encouraging trusts to work with local police forces to take action against those who are violent or abusive. Where violent incidents do occur, NHS Protect is committed to ensuring that tough action, including all appropriate sanctions, is taken against those who are violent and aggressive against towards NHS staff.

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