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PDA remind members that they are protected under Assault on Emergency Workers law

Following the PDA’s lobbying campaign to protect pharmacists from violence, back in 2017, the draft bill to protect NHS workers from assault was extended to also include pharmacists working in community pharmacy.

Wed 15th April 2020 The PDA

The PDA are campaigning to stop attacks on pharmacy teams, however, PDA advise pharmacists that, should they be subject to an assault at work, they should remind the police that the assailant can be charged under that Emergency Workers Act, which may result in an increased penalty.

The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 applies to England and Wales. It was debated in committee following lobbying from the PDA and other organisations representing healthcare staff. The bill was amended to expand the definition of emergency workers.

The Act defines an emergency worker as:

 ‘a person employed for the purposes of providing, or engaged to


(i) NHS health services, or

(ii) services in the support of the provision of NHS health services,


and whose general activities in doing so involve face to face interaction with individuals receiving the services or with other members of the public.’

Violence in Pharmacy campaign

The PDA’s lobbying was part of a long-running campaign to end violence in pharmacies. Click the link below for more information about this campaign.

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The Pharmacists' Defence Association is a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England; Company No 4746656.

The Pharmacists' Defence Association is an appointed representative in respect of insurance mediation activities only of
The Pharmacy Insurance Agency Limited which is registered in England and Wales under company number 2591975
and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Register No 307063)

The PDA Union is recognised by the Certification Officer as an independent trade union.

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