Assaults on hospital staff (1716-20)

Request

1) Number of assaults recorded by your force on staff at hospitals in 2019.

2) Number of assaults recorded by your force on staff at hospitals in 2018.

From Clarafication:

“I mean Hospital staff”

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).

Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded (see enclosed). I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.

1) Number of assaults recorded by your force on staff at hospitals in 2019 = 48

2) Number of assaults recorded by your force on staff at hospitals in 2018 = 3

Please note that these figures were derived from a search for the offence “Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018”  which came into force on 13 November 2018, therefore there is no data for this offence prior to this date. To search before that date would involved searching through tens of thousands individual assault offences looking for individual words such as Doctor, Nurse etc which would fall well outside of the time restraints set by the Freedom of Information Act.

REASON FOR DECISION

Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#fees-and-charges

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