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Violent crime at GP surgeries is on the rise, figures show

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4236 (Published 13 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4236
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

GPs and their staff are increasingly facing violence, harassment, and threatening behaviour in their surgeries, an investigation by The BMJ has found.

Crime figures obtained from police forces across the UK show a 9% rise in the overall number of recorded crimes committed on the premises of GP surgeries and health centres over the past year (from 1974 in 2015-16 to 2147 in 2016-17). This is in line with a 10% increase in the overall number of recorded crimes in England and Wales last year,1 the largest annual rise for a decade.

The figures obtained by The BMJ show a 5% increase in recorded assaults at GP surgeries and health centres (from 324 in 2015-16 to 339 in 2016-17), a 34% rise in cases of harassment (from 41 to 55), and a 90% surge in public order offences such as threatening behaviour (from 169 to 321) (fig 1). There was also a small rise in sexual offences (from 73 to 75 …

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