Reported incidence of violence against NHS staff up by 13%BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7391.678 (Published 29 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:678
- Caroline White
Reported incidents of violence and aggression directed at NHS staff rose 13% to 95 501 in 2001-2, although the numbers of serious physical assaults may be levelling out.
The figures, issued this week by the spending watchdog, the National Audit Office, are based on a survey of NHS acute care, mental health, and ambulance trusts in England.
But the picture is muddied by persistent under-reporting, estimated to be 39%, wide variations in reporting standards, and more than 20 different definitions of violence, says the report, which calculates the overall financial toll to be a minimum of £69m …