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a green cross imageNovember 21 2017

A private member’s bill seeking to address violence against emergency workers has been widened to include community pharmacy among the categories considered at risk.

The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill 2017-19, sponsored by Chris Bryant, MP for Rhondda, is currently working its way through Parliament. It seeks to make more serious the level of punishment for assaults or threats of violence against people working in emergency services.

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association has been lobbying to add pharmacists and pharmacy staff to the list of people the legislation seeks to protect. Initially, the list of professionals included was police, fire, ambulance and emergency department staff operating within an emergency setting.

“However, this narrow scope would not protect people doing similar public service who also face enhanced risks of abuse and violence, such as community pharmacists,” said the PDA. It has been highlighting the risks to pharmacists working in community pharmacy from members public “following an increasing number of violent incidents against its members. Pharmacists were concerned that the bill, as drafted, failed to cover pharmacists and their teams working in community pharmacy.”

The draft legislation has now been amended to broaden the definition of emergency worker as someone who is involved in providing NHS services who will normally have face-to-face interactions with people receiving an NHS service or with other members of the public.

Claire Ward, Director of Public Affairs at the PDA, said: “Pharmacists and their teams are delivering essential NHS services often under challenging circumstances and they deserve protection under the law from those who abuse them simply for doing their job.

“We are delighted that MPs have recognised the need to protect other categories of people and not just those in emergency situations. We look forward to seeing this legislation progress through its parliamentary stages and get on to the statute book next year.”

Links:
PDA announcement        
Progress of Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill 2017-19 on Parliament website              

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