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 numbers of criminal sanctions reported following assaults against NHS staff in England since 2004-05 are shown in the following table:
Number 2004-05 759 2005-06 850 2006-07 869 2007-08 992 2008-09 941
Criminal sanctions include:
cautions and conditional cautions;
community rehabilitation or punishment orders;
imprisonment (including suspended sentences);
conditional discharges; and
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.