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NHS: Crime of Violence

Volume 459: debated on Friday 20 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many physical attacks there were on NHS staff in each year between 1997 and 2006 in each strategic health authority. (130814)

The information requested has not been collated centrally for the period 1997-2004.

A table outlining the estimated number of reported violent and abusive incidents collected by the Department for 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03 for each strategic health authority (SHA) in England is available in the Library.

In April 2003 the NHS Security Management Service (NHS SMS) was created and assumed responsibility for the issue of tackling violence against NHS staff. The NHS SMS has collected data on the actual number of reported physical assaults on NHS staff in England 2004-05 and 2005-06.

A breakdown of the figures for each SHA, for the 2004-2006 reporting periods, is provided in the table shown.

Physical assaults

SHA name

2004-05

2005-06

Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire

2,342

2,508

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

1,206

2,104

Essex

1,286

1,142

North West London

1,321

1,293

North Central London

1,249

1,017

North East London

1,162

883

South East London

1,459

1,673

South West London

819

841

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

4,043

3,551

County Durham and Tees Valley

3,333

1,787

North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire

1,345

1,347

West Yorkshire

4,796

3,683

Cumbria and Lancashire

2,989

2,534

Greater Manchester

2,481

2,119

Cheshire and Merseyside

2,389

2,567

Thames Valley

1,639

1,600

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

1,724

1,882

Kent and Medway

2,407

2,120

Surrey and Sussex

1,821

1,507

Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire

2,900

2,863

South West Peninsula

895

1,418

Dorset and Somerset

1,504

1,800

South Yorkshire

2,272

2,310

Trent

3,664

3,612

Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland

1,665

2,247

Shropshire and Staffordshire

2,440

2,669

Birmingham and The Black Country

2,952

2,761

West Midlands South

2,277

2,857

Total

60,380

58,695