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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government is taking to protect health workers from dangerous dogs and other animals when making home visits.
NHS Protect, the unit that leads work on security management in the national health service, has provided guidance for lone workers in the NHS. This includes practical advice on the benefits of risk assessment by NHS staff when working alone and specific guidance on the safety of staff where animals are present at a location they are visiting. ‘Not Alone, a guide for the better protection of lone workers in the NHS’ is available at:
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs ran a consultation on a package of proposals for tackling irresponsible ownership of dogs. One of the proposals is to extend the criminal offence of allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control to all places, including inside the home of the dog owner. The consultation closed on
NHS Protect has responded to this consultation and supports measures to promote more responsible dog ownership and reduce dog attacks.