As­saults soar amid anger at wait­ing times

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AS­SAULTS on NHS staff have jumped 9.7%, from 51,447 to 56,435, fu­elled by frus­tra­tion at long wait­ing times in hard-up trusts, a sur­vey found.

At­tacks at or­gan­i­sa­tions £20mil­lion or more in the red rock­eted 23% to 5,113 last year – up from 4,152 a year be­fore.

The rise was just 1.5% in trusts with sur­pluses in ex­cess of £5mil­lion, the Health Ser­vice Jour­nal and union Uni­son found from Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quests.

The fig­ures used to be gath­ered by NHS Pro­tect, but it was abol­ished. Uni­son’s Sara Gor­ton said: “It’s shock­ing that when as­saults are on the in­crease, the Gov­ern­ment has de­cided to look the other way.”

The Gov­ern­ment has agreed to sup­port Labour MP Chris Bryant’s pri­vate mem­ber’s bill to make at­tacks on emer­gency work­ers an ag­gra­vated of­fence with higher sen­tences.

SHOCKED Sara Gor­ton

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