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Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust: Staff Assaults

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many attacks on NHS staff have been reported by (a) Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust, (b) East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust and (c) their predecessor Trusts in each of the last five years. (195140)

The Department collected figures on the number of violent incidents in the year 2002-03.

In April 2003 the National Health Service Security Management Service (NHS SMS) was created and assumed responsibility for tackling violence against NHS staff. Since 2004-05 the NHS SMS has collected statistics for the number of reported physical assaults against NHS staff.

The numbers of violent incidents and reported physical assaults for 2002-03 and for 2004-05 to 2006-07 are shown in the following table.

Violent incidentsPhysical assaults

NHS trusts

2002-03

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

East Kent Hospitals NHS trust

118

84

157

120

East and Coastal Kent primary care trust

157

Ashford primary care trust1

2

79

93

Canterbury and Coastal primary care trust1

28

15

10

East Kent Coastal primary care trust1

10

6

4

Shepway primary care crust1

6

1

2

Swale primary care trust1

56

46

18

1 On 1 October 2006, the mentioned primary care trusts merged to form Eastern and Coastal Kent primary care trust.