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Assaults in NHS hospitals increase in 2011 - 2012

Assaults in NHS hospitals increase in 2011 - 2012

Hospital bosses may be investing in their security systems next year, as new figures reveal that the number of reported assaults against NHS staff increased during the 2011 – 2012 period.

The statistics from NHS Protect show that there were 59,744 incidents in the period – a rise of 3.3 per cent from the previous year's number. 

Richard Hampton, the head of local support and development services at NHS Protect, said that there is no chance of complacency when it comes to violence against NHS staff.

"NHS Protect will continue to work closely with its partners to identify why assaults happen, provide practical tools to address the threats and promote the prosecution of offenders wherever appropriate," he added.

The group is now working alongside hospital trusts to produce new guidance for dealing with the prospect of assaults on their premises. This document entitled The Prevention and Management of Challenging Behaviour will soon be circulated to all staff.

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