June 10, 2013

Verbal and Physical Assault of NHS Staff on the Rise

According to the Herts Comet, more NHS staff in the county are suffering verbal abuse and physical assault in 2013 than in the same period last year.

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that between January and the end of April, there were 38 staff employed by the East and North Herts NHS Trust who were physically assaulted while at work, a 58 percent increase on the same period last year, when 24 members of staff working for one of the Trust's four Hospitals were physically harmed.

The figures also show an increase in verbal abuse with just one complaint in the 2012 January-April period compared to nine in 2013.

Police have also been involved in two incidents this year – up from the one incident in the same 2012 time frame and none in the two years prior to that.

NHS union, UNISON labelled the figures “worrying” and feared the numbers could be higher.

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