Sharp increase in NHS racist attacks

The number of racist verbal and physical attacks in the NHS has risen 65% in the past five years, Freedom of Information data suggests.

The total number of incidents rose from 420 in 2008-09 to 694 in 2012-13, figures seen by BBC Radio 5 live show.

The largest numbers of incidents were reported in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

The NHS said it was “shocking” that abuse takes place and any signs of discrimination are taken seriously.

Some NHS trusts said that higher numbers might be partially explained by improved data reporting systems.

Under a Freedom of Information (FoI) request, BBC Radio 5 live’s Victoria Derbyshire programme found that NHS staff are reporting more racist abuse from patients than ever.

However, the reported incidents are very low when set against the 1.7m staff who work in the NHS in the UK

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