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NHS: Staff

Volume 699: debated on Wednesday 12 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many physical assaults on NHS staff were reported in the last three years; and what proportion of those assaults took place on (a) hospital premises, and (b) other NHS premises; and [HL2235]

How many incidents of nuisance and disturbance to NHS staff other than physical assaults were reported in the last three years; and what proportion of these took place on (a) hospital premises, and (b) other NHS premises. [HL2236]

In April 2003 the National Health Service Security Management Service (SMS) was created and assumed responsibility for tackling violence against NHS staff. Since 2004-05 the NHS SMS has collected data on the number of physical assaults reported against NHS staff in England, broken down by sectors as shown in the table.

Assaults by sector

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Ambulance service

1,333

1,104

1,006

Acute/foundation trusts

10,758

11,100

9,685

Primary care

5,192

5,145

3,445

Mental health/learning disability

43,097

41,345

41,569

Other (Special Health Authorities)

5

1

4

Total

60,385

58,695

55,709

Information on numbers of incidents of nuisance and disturbance to NHS staff other than physical assaults is not collated centrally.