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Assaults on Police: Body Fluids

Home Office written question – answered on 28th October 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister for Local Government (Communities)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing compulsory blood tests for people who assault police officers with their own bodily fluids.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

The question of compulsory blood tests in these circumstances was considered and debated during the parliamentary passage of the Assaults on Emergency Workers Act 2018. At Commons Report stage on 27 April 2018, following consultation with health and policing partners, the Government supported Chris Bryant MP’s amendment removing the relevant clauses. The full transcript of this debate can be found at:

https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2018-04-27/debates/0588597B-4425-4255-AAFA-7AE64BECF988/AssaultsOnEmergencyWorkers(Offences)Bill#contribution-8D650D25-E591-466B-A3DE-4A5219E0A172

Public Health England worked with stakeholders from across policing (and other emergency services) to produce new guidance for emergency workers to support their assessment and management of exposure to blood-borne viruses (BBV) following assault. The guidance was published in September and will help employing organisations understand how to best support their staff.

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