A&E violence

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
James Cleverly
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Following reports that London A&E's suffer from over 20,000 attacks every year, does official information support this statistic and what, if true, can be done to protect the staff and innocent patients from assault? What figures have been reported to the Met and is there a need for greater Police presence at A&E units?


Answer for A&E violence

Answer for A&E violence

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Thank you, James. I think it is a very timely question and I congratulate you on raising this issue. I know that it is particularly important in the patch that you represent. Clearly this is a very, very serious issue. In A&Es there are 20,000 attacks on staff every year. This is something that is obviously of huge concern to the National Health Service (NHS) and, speaking for myself - I am sure that Kit [Malthouse], as Deputy Mayor for Policing would support this - this is something that I and the Commissioner for Police take very, very seriously and we are pressing for prosecutions of people who attack health service staff in the A&E.

I would point out that, I think, one of the real aggravating factors at the moment - and I mentioned this the other day - is alcohol. I think we have got a real problem at the moment in this city with our general historic British inability to handle the excessive consumption of alcohol and it is leading to real violence in our A&Es and we need to get a grip on it and that is why we have done some of the things that we have done; banning alcohol on public transport and other measures.