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Assaults (Health Professionals)

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 11 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many violent attacks have been initiated by patients and directed at (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) other health care professionals in Northern Ireland over the 12 month period from 1 May 2002. [115925]

The information is not available in the format requested. However in the financial year 2002–03 the recorded number of assaults (both verbal and physical) reported in Health and Personal Social Services Trusts was 5065.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many violent attacks by patients, directed against paramedics, have occurred in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months. [115964]

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service does not record attacks on its staff in the manner requested. However, the total number of attacks on Ambulance Service personnel during 2002 and 2003 to date is as follows:

Total
200296
2003 (to date)70