One in five mental health staff attacked last year, finds watchdog

One in five mental health trust staff experienced physical violence from patients or their relatives in 2008, the Healthcare Commission said today.

In its annual staff survey, the commission said violent incidents were higher than average for mental health staff, with 12% of NHS staff in general being attacked by patients or relatives. Both figures are similar to results in last year’s survey.

The survey also found that just 31% of mental health trust staff reported that senior managers acted on staff feedback, a comprable figure to acute trusts and primary care trusts.

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