Violent Attacks Against NHS Staff Reach Five-Year High

Leslie Hanson
November 1, 2018

Matt Hancock will set out a series of measures to protect workers in England as it emerged nearly one in eight experienced violence in the previous year.

Where staff have been attacked, health trusts will be encouraged to work with the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure offenders are prosecuted quickly.

"And social care remains the Achilles heel - it has been consistently underfunded, neglected and unloved by politicians over many years and the extra funding announced today - again welcome - is clearly inadequate". Those that need further help to protect their employees will be identified.

Unbelievably, around one in seven members of staff say they have experienced violence at the hands of a patient or relative over the last 12 months.

"The NHS 10-year plan will include a new mental health crisis service with comprehensive mental health support available in every major A&E, children and young people's crisis teams in every part of the country, more mental health ambulances, more safe havens in the community and a 24-hour mental health crisis hotline", Mr Hammond said.

"While there is still a long way to go, yesterday's announcement appears to be a step in the right direction and we look forward to learning about the detail so we can secure investment that is much needed in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough".

A new system will be introduced so staff can record assaults or other incidents of abuse or harassment.


National data on reported violence against staff will also be analysed so health officials can identify which staff are most vulnerable to attacks.

Mr Hancock added: 'We want to empower staff and give them greater confidence to report violence, knowing that they will see meaningful action from trusts and a consistent prosecution approach from the judicial system'.

Growing numbers of patients with mental health problems and dementia - which causes outbursts of aggression - are also thought to be behind the increase.

The DHSC said training in de-escalation and conflict resolution will be assessed to ensure it is up to date and effective, with improvements made where necessary. Yet the sad truth is that that something experienced by many NHS staff.

"It is a sad fact that nearly none of the perpetrators receive custodial sentences when they are prosecuted for assaulting our staff", the association's managing director Martin Flaherty said. Services that prevent poor mental health and that enable people to live well have been cut back in recent years, putting more and more pressure on individuals, families, communities and health services.

BMA GP Committee chair Dr Richard Vautrey said: 'GP practice staff are all too often subjected to unacceptable abuse and even attacks from patients who they are trying their best to help.

"Anyone who threatens or abuses NHS staff should be prosecuted under to the new law protecting health care workers".

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