Violence against NHS staff has reached its highest level in five years, with one in seven health professionals attacked in the course of their work last year, figures reveal.

Matt Hancock, the health and social care secretary, will announce the rising trend on Wednesday when he unveils an initiative to reduce assaults, including speedier prosecutions of offenders.

Ambulance workers, nurses and doctors in A&E and mental health personnel have borne the brunt of the increase, which has already prompted MPs to pass new legislation to deter attacks.

The latest staff survey of NHS staff in England shows that while 15% said they had experienced physical violence from patients, relatives or the public in 2013, that increased slightly to 15.2% in 2017.

“NHS staff dedicate their lives to protecting and caring for us in our times of greatest need and for any one of them to be subject to aggression or violence is completely unacceptable,” said Hancock.

 “I have made it my personal mission to ensure NHS staff feel safe and secure at work and the new violence reduction strategy will be a key strand of that.”

“We will not shy away from the issue. We want to empower staff and give them greater confidence to report violence, knowing that they will see meaningful action from trusts and a consistent prosecution approach from the judicial system.”

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