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Attacks on NHS staff increasing, MPs say

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7408.182 (Published 24 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:182
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The British government is failing to meet self imposed targets on reducing attacks on NHS staff, a report published this week by the Parliamentary committee has said.

    The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee said that the number of reported incidents is “clearly going in the wrong direction,” with nurses at particularly high risk.

    According to the British crime survey 2000, nurses run a 5% risk of being violently assaulted at work in a given year, compared with 1.2% for the average worker. The risk for other healthcare workers, including doctors, …

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