General Practitioners: Harassment

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10th March 2022.

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Photo of Bell Ribeiro-Addy Bell Ribeiro-Addy Labour, Streatham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will make an assessment of the impact of pressures resulting from the covid-19 outbreak on the level of abuse experienced by GP staff in (a) Streatham, (b) London and (c) England.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

While we have no plans to make a formal assessment, we have a zero-tolerance approach to abuse and harassment. We are investing in better security at general practitioner surgeries and working with the National Health Service to ensure primary care workers are supported.

The local clinical commissioning group and the Lambeth Together Training Hub regularly engage with practices in Streatham and have recently provided dedicated training for primary care staff on dealing with these situations.

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