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Staff survey results revealed

The percentage of NHS staff who say they have experienced violent attacks from patients, relatives and the public is at a five year high, according to the NHS staff survey results published on Tuesday.

The results of the survey, carried out from September to November, show that 15.2 per cent of staff reported having experienced physical violence – a rise from 15 per cent in the 2016 survey.

One of the biggest changes from 2016 was the share of staff satisfied with their pay – falling to 31 per cent, down 6 percentage points on 2016. The number of staff working additional unpaid hours remains at a similar level to last year – 58 per cent.

HSJ’s analysis of the survey results includes:

Trust sorry after patients fatally attacked

An NHS trust has been accused of a “cover up” over the killing of two patients in an attack on a hospital ward by a patient with paranoid schizophrenia, whose antipsychotic medication had been stopped despite warnings.

The attack happened in 2015 at one of the UK’s biggest hospitals, St James’s University Hospital in Leeds, and has never been made public nor been subject to a coroner’s inquest.

Ken Godward, 76, and Roger Lamb, 79, were beaten with a walking stick by 70-year-old Harry Bosomworth. Mr Bosomworth’s antipsychotic medication had been stopped by hospital staff the previous month, despite repeated warnings from his family.

The families of the victims accused Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust of “hoping this doesn’t get out”, not answering questions and taking them “for a ride”.

The trust said it was “fully cooperating in the [investigation] process”. In a detailed statement responding to our questions about the events, the trust offered “sincere apologies” to the families of Mr Godward and Mr Lamb.

Both Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Leeds and Yorkshire Partnership FT said they were cooperating with an ongoing, NHS England commissioned serious incident review.

Clatterbridge chief resigns

The chief executive of an outstanding rated trust has resigned and his deputy has been suspended following the discovery of a “close personal relationship”.

Andrew Cannell, chief executive of The Clatterbridge Cancer Foundation Trust, resigned “following the discovery of a close personal relationship with another member of the senior executive team”, a trust statement said today.

Both he and deputy chief executive Yvonne Bottomley have been suspended from the trust while an independent investigation is carried out. Mr Cannell had been chief executive at the trust since October 2009.