In 2015/16, the number of staff physically attacked or assaulted at:
- Ipswich Hospital was 115 involving medical factors1 and eight not involving medical factors;
- In other healthcare settings in Suffolk2 the number was 1,189 involving medical factors and 503 not involving medical factors; and
- In other healthcare provider settings in England the number was 52,704 involving medical factors and 17,851 not involving medical factors.
Employers from across the National Health Service will collect data on physical assaults, and working alongside local police are responsible for protecting their staff. The Department is working with NHS England and NHS Improvement on new arrangements to support NHS and primary care employers to “…take vigorous and immediate action against those who abuse or attack the people who work for and make our NHS”.
1Assaults involving medical factors are the number of physical assaults where the perpetrator did not know what they were doing, or did not know what they were doing was wrong due to medical illness, mental ill health, severe learning disability or treatment administered.
2The data, extracted from NHS Protect’s “Reported Physical Assaults data for 2015/16 for healthcare settings in Suffolk includes Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and East of England Ambulance Trust. Some of the trusts geographical areas cover more than just Suffolk.