In the Media

Yobs pay price for attacks on NHS workers

PUBLISHED August 30, 2005

The number of successful prosecutions of patients and relatives who physically abuse NHS staff has jumped nearly 15 fold in a year as the Department of Health's "zero tolerance" policy starts to bite.

The rising tide of "intolerable" violence against doctors, nurses, receptionists and managers - often caused by drunkenness - is not confined to accident departments but has spread to the wards, GPs' surgeries and even ambulances.
Figures released yesterday show that in 2004-05 there were 759 successful prosecutions compared to just 51 in the previous year.