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Hospitals: Staff Assaults

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many assaults upon staff at (a) Sunderland Royal Hospital, (b) Durham University Hospital and (c) Hartlepool General Hospital were recorded in each year since 2002; and how many successful prosecutions followed such assaults. (194126)

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 and criminal sanctions against individuals who have assaulted NHS staff.

The numbers of violent incidents, reported physical assaults and criminal sanctions are not available by hospital but by trust. The figures for 2002-03 and for 2004-05 to 2006-07 are shown in the following table.

2002-032004-052005-062006-07

NHS trust

Violent incidents

Assaults

Sanctions

Assaults

Sanctions

Assaults

Sanctions

City hospitals and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

103

124

1

153

2

123

4

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

339

97

1

47

4

41

7

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

163

61

22

57

1

8

0

Notes:

Criminal sanctions include:

Cautions and Conditional Cautions;

Community Rehabilitation or Punishment Orders;

Imprisonment (including suspended sentences);

Conditional Discharges; and

Fines.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital staff in England were hospitalised as a result of assault while on duty in each of the last three years. (194654)

The information is not available centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.