A&E violence (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
James Cleverly
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

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Thank you, Mr Mayor. The figure of 20,000 attacks over the year was a figure produced by the Evening Standard and was extrapolated out from the returns it had after a freedom of information (FOI) request. One of the things that, I think, would be very interesting is to compare the numbers of attacks, as recorded by hospitals, with those reported to the police because I suspect, unfortunately, that attacks on A&E staff have now become so commonplace that they regard it as just one of the unfortunate by-products of working in those health departments.

I would very much like to see, as in a number of other areas where we suspect there is habitual under reporting, that the police and the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) make sure that health professionals understand that we want them to report these crimes, that they should not suffer in silence, and that their views will be taken seriously.

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Answer for A&E violence (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for A&E violence (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes, I absolutely agree with you. May I suggest that it is something that you raise in the next MPA and that we take it up there?

James Cleverly (AM): OK. Thank you.