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Hospital Staff (Assaults)

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many accident and emergency hospital staff in Northern Ireland have been the victims of assault while on duty in each of the last three years, broken down by hospital. (95392)

Recorded figures for assault of accident and emergency hospital staff while on duty in each of the last three years are:

Number

2006

142

2005

112

2004

144

The figures broken down by hospital are as follows:

Trust

2006

2005

2004

Altnagelvin

9

10

18

Armagh and Dungannon

0

1

0

Belfast City

51

14

45

Causeway

4

0

17

Craigavon and Banbridge

0

0

0

Craigavon Area Hospital

5

5

9

Downe Hospital

1

1

1

Lagan Valley Hospital

2

1

1

Mater

17

19

20

Newry and Mourne

1

5

1

Royal Group of Hospitals

12

3

9

Erne Hospital

12

24

0

Tyrone County Hospital

3

13

0

Ulster

9

10

20

Antrim Hospital

11

3

2

Mid Ulster Hospital

4

1

1

Whiteabbey Hospital

1

2

0

Total

142

112

144

My Department is fully committed to improving health and safety protection for all Health and Personal Social Services (HPSS) staff. Measures have been put in place to minimise risks to staff by installing panic buttons in A and E units, toughened glass at reception areas and CCTV cameras. A Zero Tolerance Group has been established and is currently reviewing procedures in relation to risk assessment and management of violent incidents against staff to ensure the safety of employees while at work.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many hospital staff in Northern Ireland have been hospitalised as a result of assault while on duty in each of the last three years. (95393)

There have been no recorded instances of hospital staff having been hospitalised as a result of an attack while on duty in each of the last three years.

Measures have been put in place to minimise risks to staff including ‘the guardian angel personal security system’, personal alarms to reduce the risk to lone workers, installation of panic buttons in A and E units, toughened glass at reception areas and CCTV cameras. A Zero Tolerance Group has been established and is currently reviewing procedures in relation to risk assessment and management of violent incidents against staff to ensure the safety of all Health and Personal Social Services (HPSS) employees while at work.