A patient who attacked a nurse at a Birmingham hospital became the first person to be convicted for assault after a private NHS prosecution last year.
Stuart Suckling (37) was sentenced to a 12-month supervision order by a judge at Birmingham Crown Court in November and was ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment and pay #1,600 compensation.
Suckling attacked A&E nurse Katie Detheridge at Good Hope Hospital, in Sutton Coldfield, on June 7, 2004, after he claimed to be unwell following a holiday in Malta.
He escaped jail, but if the NHS Security Management Service had not launched a private prosecution - with the hospital - he may not have been dealt with after the CPS decided not to take action.
Suckling, from Streetly, Walsall, also attacked a security guard before he punched Ms Detheridge in the face and head.
The 30-year-old nurse suffered severe bruising and cuts to her lip and cheek and swelling and bruising to the back of her head. The security guard suffered a split lip and bleeding gums.
An NHS statement alleged Suckling also racially abused a doctor.
Suckling was later charged with two counts of assault and one of affray and pleaded guilty in September 2005.
Ms Detheridge said: "I am pleased he has been brought to justice. I think it unacceptable for any professional to experience threatening behaviour."