To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reported assaults against hospital staff at NHS hospitals there have been in the Greater London area during the last 12 months. 
The Department does not collect this information in the form requested.The Department does, however, collect information on reported incidents of violence, which includes verbal abuse. These figures are not broken down.The table shows figures for Greater London in 2000–01. This information is taken from the 2000–01 Survey of Reported Violent or Abusive Incidents, Accidents Involving Staff and Sickness Absence in NHS Trusts and Health Authorities, in England. The 2001–02 survey has not yet been published.
|Number of reported violent incidents against NHS staff in Greater London—2000–01|
Figures are the total of all violent incidents reported by NHS Trusts within the London Strategic Health Authorities.
Figures are for the financial year 2000–01.
Department of Health's survey of Violence, Accidents and Harassment in 2000–01.