HC Deb 31 January 2003 vol 398 c1088W
Tim Loughton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions took place last year against people who assaulted NHS staff; and what range of penalties was imposed. [92618]

Hilary Benn

As the hon. Member will be aware, a cross-Government NHS zero tolerance zone campaign was launched in October 1999 to tackle violence against staff working in the NHS. The campaign aims to get the message to both NHS staff and members of the public that violence against NHS staff is unacceptable and the Government are determined to stamp it out.

The specific information requested is not collected centrally by the Home Office.