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25 November 2014, 08:15
NHS staff were attacked more than 3,000 times in the East Midlands last year.
The figures from NHS Protect include hospitals in Nottingham, Leicester and Derby.
Across the rest of the country, NHS workers were attacked every hour with 68,000 assaults, a rise of 9 per cent.
Richard Hampton, from NHS Protect, told Capital:
'No NHS staff should be physically assaulted and we encourage staff who are victims of violence to press charges against assailants.
'Those who work in the NHS have the right to provide care in a safe environment. Employers must do all they can to support staff in preventing incidents and pursuing offenders.'
The Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust have told Capital it's important to remember some some patients have very complex behaviours.