BMA demands protection for all Scots healthcare staff

British Medical Association (BMA) has called on politicians in Scotland to
extend measures, aimed at protecting emergency services personnel from
violence, to all health care staff.

Scottish Executive is currently undertaking a public consultation to introduce
the legislation.

measures would protect a range of public sector workers including emergency
services personnel, accident & emergency staff and individuals attending
emergencies or life and death situations.

BMA said medical staff working across the health service, not just in emergency
services, were at risk of violence and should be afforded protection through

claimed the scale of the problem of violence and aggression against healthcare
workers was unknown, with many healthcare workers not reporting incidents of
violence and others considering it to be part of their job.

By Michael Millar

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