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Hospitals: Crimes of Violence

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accident and emergency staff in hospitals in each region were assaulted while on duty in each of the last three years. (305014)

Information on the number of accident and emergency staff who have been victims of assault while on duty is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Information on the number of reported physical assaults against national health service staff in 2006-07 and 2007-08 is contained in the ‘Tables showing number of reported physical assaults on NHS staff from 2004-05 to 2007-08, broken down by NHS trust/PCT’ which have already been placed in the Library.

Information on the number of reported physical assaults against NHS staff in 2008-09 is contained in the ‘Tables showing number of reported physical assaults on NHS staff in 2008-09, broken down by NHS trust/PCT’ which have already been placed in the Library.

The NHS Security Management Service (SMS) can assist employers through guidance on assessing risks and acting to protect staff from assaults and, where incidents do occur, on taking action against offenders. The NHS SMS also works with stakeholders, including the Social Partnership Forum, to promote the safety and security of NHS staff.