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Patients: Crimes of Violence

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 125177, tabled on 26 January 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of arrangements for notifying GP practices when a patient with a history of violence towards healthcare workers registers at a practice.

Answered on

5 February 2018

Information on the number of patients referred to NHS England for placement on the Violent Patient Scheme, in each commissioning area, in each of the last five years is not collected centrally.

Information on the number of patients put on the Violent Patient Scheme is not available by commissioning area. In April 2016, NHS England commissioned a national patient registration service which included the removal of violent patients from general practitioner (GP) practice lists. The national service has identified that 1,826 patients have been allocated to the Violent Patient Scheme since April 2016. However, where local arrangements for managing patient lists continued to operate, the removal of violent patients would not be included in this figure.

Information on the number of patients who have been discharged from the violent patient scheme but put back on the Scheme at a later date, is not collected centrally.

The Department is working with National Health Service system leaders, including NHS England, to put in place new arrangements to support health organisations, including GP practices, in their responsibilities for protecting staff from violence and abuse. Once the arrangements are finalised, this will include the circulation of alert notices about potentially violent patients.