Covid-19

RPS supports tougher sentences for assaults

The RPS is supporting proposals to increase the maximum sentence for assaults against health and care staff.

Responding to a Government consultation on the Assaults on Emergency Workers Act, a letter from RPS President Sandra Gidley reiterates our call for a zero-tolerance approach to abuse and argues that sentences must provide an appropriate deterrent to protect frontline workers.

We know that pharmacists have been going above and beyond during COVID-19 and we’ve been concerned about reports of abuse by a minority of the public. We’re continuing to speak to the NHS, Government, the police and across the profession so that pharmacists and their teams can look after patients safely.

Read the letter here.

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