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NHS: Crimes of Violence

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been convicted of abusing NHS staff on (a), one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four or more occasions in each of the last three years. (251064)

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

Since 2004-05, the number of criminal sanctions reported by national health service bodies in England in cases of physical assaults against NHS staff has been collected annually by the NHS Security Management Service. This information is shown in the following table:

Number

2004-05

759

2005-06

850

2006-07

869

2007-08

992

Criminal sanctions include:

cautions and conditional cautions;

community rehabilitation or punishment orders;

imprisonment (including suspended sentences);

conditional discharges; and

fines.