Growing number of assaults on NHS staff

Sutton Guardian: Assaults: 35 Kingston Hospital staff were assaulted last year. Assaults: 35 Kingston Hospital staff were assaulted last year.

Figures released by the NHS have revealed a rising number of assaults suffered by staff in hospitals.

Assaults at St George's Healthcare more than doubled last year to 141, while staff at Kingston Hospital were assaulted 35 times.

Official figures revealed 26 assaults in Kingston in 2012/13 involved medical factors, up from 19 the year before.

Total assaults rose from 27 in 2011/12.

The figures, released by NHS Protect, also show Kingston Hospital declared it had about 1,200 fewer members of staff last year, though its total NHS workforce was at a similar level.

The Epsom and St Helier trust recorded 74 assaults last year – down from 117 the year before.

St Helier accident and emergency nurse Anthony Boobbyer said: “Unfortunately, I have seen colleagues punched and kicked but they always remain calm.

“We tend to see more verbal abuse, which again is unpleasant and this tends to arise when patients are frustrated about their situation.”

The number of assaults on NHS staff rose across England last year.

The figures: Total assaults / Involving medical factors / Not involving medical factors

2013

  • Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals: 53 / 52 / 1
  • Croydon Health Services: 23 / 18 / 5
  • Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals: 74 / 46 / 28
  • Kingston Hospital: 35 / 26 / 9
  • St George's Healthcare: 141 / 100 / 41

2012

  • Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals: 64 / 62 / 2
  • Croydon Health Services: 64 / 64 / 0
  • Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals: 117 / 63 / 54
  • Kingston Hospital: 27 / 19 / 8
  • St George's Healthcare: 60 / 46 / 14

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7:01pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Sutton53 says...

My wife (a nurse) was punched in the face by an ex-boxer whilst she was working on the wards n a hospital. Her friend was punched in the stomach by a man whilst my wife and her worked in A & E. one night.. It shouldn't be deemed as one of the hazards of the job. The nurses and the Doctors along with other healthcare members have a lot of intimidation and anger to put up with whilst doing their jobs.
My wife (a nurse) was punched in the face by an ex-boxer whilst she was working on the wards n a hospital. Her friend was punched in the stomach by a man whilst my wife and her worked in A & E. one night.. It shouldn't be deemed as one of the hazards of the job. The nurses and the Doctors along with other healthcare members have a lot of intimidation and anger to put up with whilst doing their jobs. Sutton53

12:45am Wed 4 Dec 13

Michael Pantlin says...

Assaults are always wrong but I would like to see an extension of the statistical analysis identifying the perceived cause of the patient's frustration that provoked it in their mind, eg, waiting time, not taken seriously, not listened to, too early discharge, abandoned in side room for hours with no one checking and not call bell within reach in A&E, thrown out and told to go home in the middle of the night etc Let's get both sides of the story before we reach conclusions. Not all patients are demons, not all staff are saints, government provision can fall way short of reasonable expectations.
Assaults are always wrong but I would like to see an extension of the statistical analysis identifying the perceived cause of the patient's frustration that provoked it in their mind, eg, waiting time, not taken seriously, not listened to, too early discharge, abandoned in side room for hours with no one checking and not call bell within reach in A&E, thrown out and told to go home in the middle of the night etc Let's get both sides of the story before we reach conclusions. Not all patients are demons, not all staff are saints, government provision can fall way short of reasonable expectations. Michael Pantlin

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