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Stemming the tide of violence towards NHS staff

With the 'threat of violence a daily reality', measures are being taken by government to protect staff 

With the 'threat of physical violence a daily reality', measures are being taken by government to protect staff

Violence against NHS nurses is on the rise, but cancer nurses say verbal aggression, stemming from people’s distress about treatment or diagnosis, is a bigger challenge for their specialty.

During 2015-2016, NHS Protect, which collected figures on rates of violence against NHS staff in England until its abolition last year, reported a 4% increase in physical violence against staff on the previous year.

In April this year, Unison released a report with Health Service Journal which – analysing data collected under freedom of information laws – found the trend of rising violence in England had continued in 2016-2017.

The data from the 181 organisations that responded shows 56,435 reported physical assaults on NHS staff. This compares to 51,447 attacks at the same


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