To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure that attacks on health professionals are prioritised in the criminal justice system.
All attacks on health professionals are deplorable. The criminal justice system is already equipped to deal with violent, threatening and abusive behaviour against those in public facing roles, including health professionals. The guidelines for assault offences specify that it is an aggravating factor for an offence to be committed against those who are either working in the public sector or who are providing a service to the public. An offence of this nature would therefore result in a more severe sentence. Tough punishments are available to the independent judiciary, who make their sentencing decisions based on the individual facts of the case.