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Paramedical Staff: Crimes of Violence

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many members of ambulance teams were assaulted while on duty in each of the last five years. (188839)

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

The number of physical assaults against ambulance staff reported in the period 2004-05 to 2006-07 is shown in the following table.

Number of reported physical assaults against ambulance staff

2004-05

1,333

2005-06

1,104

2006-07

1,006