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NHS: Crimes of Violence

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS workers have been assaulted in each region of England in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. (142143)

A table outlining the estimated number of reported violent incidents collected by the Department for 2001-02, 2002-03 for each strategic health authority, national health service trust and primary care trust in England has been placed 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 number of reported physical assaults on NHS staff in England for the period 2004-05 and 2005-06. A breakdown of figures by reporting period for each NHS trust has been placed in the Library.

The NHS SMS has introduced a comprehensive strategy and integrated structure for addressing the issue of violence against NHS staff.