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Assaults fall on staff in Leeds hospital

Assaults fall on staff in Leeds hospital

Security systems and trained staff have helped cut the number of assaults on hospital workers at a Leeds NHS trust this year.

Between April 2011 and March 2012 there were 145 physical attacks on staff at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, this is a significant reduction on the 193 which were recorded over the previous 12 months, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The figures are also at odds with the nationwide trend, as the number of physical assaults in NHS hospitals this year was 59,744 - an increase of 3.2 per cent over last year's number.

In a report, head of facilities Craige Richardson said the Leeds decrease was due to the security teams, as well as incidents being defused before they had the chance to escalate.

He stated: "The number of assaults reported do not necessarily reflect the number of potential violent incidents responded to by the security team as many incidents are re-categorised and de-escalated upon arrival at the scene."

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