Assaults soar amid anger at waiting times
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