41,000 assaults per year on mental health and learning disability
by Angela Hussain
were more than 41,000 assaults on mental health and learning disability
NHS staff in the past year, figures show.
While overall assaults throughout the NHS were down, there were
41,569 assaults on mental health and learning disabilities workers
over the past year, an increase of 224 on the previous year.
department of health spokesman said it was "fair to derive"
that most of the assaults would have been by patients, as opposed
to relatives or other staff.
In total, health minister Ann Keen last week announced there were
55,709 assaults on NHS staff in 2006-07, 2,986 fewer than in 2005-06,
and 4,676 fewer than in 2004-05.
The NHS Security Management Service has introduced measures to try
to cut the number of assaults, such as training in conflict resolution,
a tougher line on prosecutions and the introduction of local security
management specialists in trusts.
an NHS policy of prosecuting cases not pursued by the police or
Crown Prosecution Service, only 869 people have been investigated
by police over the past year.
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