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PE01647: Protection for all employees in NHS Scotland


Petitioner: Angus O'Henley


Date Lodged: 04 May 2017

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to make it a specific offence to assault any employee within NHS Scotland whilst that employee is carrying out any patient service in the Scottish NHS.

Petition History:


25 May 2017: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, the Law Society of Scotland, the British Medical Association, NHS Scotland’s Partnership Information Network, the Royal College of Nursing, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, the Health and Safety Executive, Unison and Unite. Link to the Official Report 25 May 2017 

Written Submissions:

Do you agree that it is not acceptable for a work group who find themselves delivering services on occasion 12 hours a day or night to work in fear of being assaulted in the course of their work?

Do you agree that the current, narrow population of staff covered by the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 should be extended to all NHS Scotland employees?

Section 8 of the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 grants powers to Scottish Ministers to modify the list of employees. What roles would you like to see added to the list, and what work environments do you think this should cover? 

There is no case for affording special treatment to employees of NHS in Scotland and they should not be afforded separate legislative protection. The government of Scotland already has the tools to deal with assault and its focus should be on tackiling all crime at source and ensuring that enforcement is by Police Scotland effective and efficient.

Graham Bisset

11:38 on 28 Apr 2017

It is a disgrace that NHS workers should have to put up with such abuse.

Brian Griffiths

19:08 on 24 Mar 2017

It is essential that everyone involved in offering care and support to would be patients, anywhere within the Scottish NHS will be given maximum protection from potential assailants and allowed to deliver the care and service they provide.

Angus O'Henley

9:50 on 24 Mar 2017

A very worthwhile petition covering all employees and volunteers who work within NHS - Scotland.

June O'Henley

16:28 on 23 Mar 2017

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