In the Guardian yesterday:
In the latest available annual NHS staff survey, from last year, 14.5% of staff said they had experienced physical violence from patients, their relatives or the public. But the trade union, Unison, believes many incidents are going unreported. Its research with the Health Service Journal, based on freedom of information requests from all NHS trusts in England in 2016-17, found physical assaults on NHS hospital staff had risen 9.7% since 2015-16. The figures suggested that, on average, there were just over 200 reported violent attacks on NHS workers every day.
The situation in NHS Scotland is significantly different:
Convictions for violence and/or aggression toward NHS Scotland staff have fallen from 301 in 2008/9 to 190 in 2017/18, a fall of 37% in 9 years. NHS Scotland has 160 000 staff, so convictions are at 0.11875%.
There has been a particularly welcomed and dramatic fall, 35% in only 5 years, in attacks on emergency workers, again in line with overall crime reduction in Scotland after more than a decade of SNP-rule. See:
Why? Perceptions of inequality are strongly associated with problems such as violent crime. Has the SG government, within the UK straight-jacket, had some effect on reducing a commonly shared sense of inequality? See this for more:
More likely? NHS Scotland is just more effective with fewer delays and more staff. That must surely mean fewer situations where perhaps some scared patient tries the only thing they know to get attention?