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Accident and Emergency Departments: Crimes of Violence

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many recorded incidents of assaults against NHS accident and emergency staff where alcohol or drug use was thought to be a significant contributing factor, and where the offender was aged 16 years old or under, took place in each of the last five years; (320545)

(2) how many recorded incidents of assaults against NHS accident and emergency staff, where alcohol or drug use was thought to be a significant contributing factor, took place in each of the last five years.

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

Information on the number of reported physical assaults against national health service staff in England 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’ and ‘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.