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RCSEd Response to Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill

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13 Sep 2018

From today, 13 September 2018, the maximum sentence for attacks on Emergency Service workers will double from six to twelve months. 

This will include paramedics, nurses and other emergency clinicians as well as prison officers and fire fighters. RCSEd has supported this Bill and is pleased to see it covers a wide range of front line staff.

Professor David Lockey, Chairman of RCSEd’s Faculty of Prehospital Care, said:

“We are delighted that this Bill has been enacted. Emergency workers should all be able to care for patients without ever fearing for their own or colleagues safety and it is hoped that stronger sentences for those who assault front line clinicians will act as a deterrent in the future and protect NHS staff”.


About The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

RCSEd (www.rcsed.ac.uk) was first incorporated in as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, and is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world with memberships approaching 25,000 over 100 countries worldwide. The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through its examinations, and is also increasingly involved in the provision of surgical training and education, offering the UK’s only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, open to all those with an interest in surgical training regardless of College affiliation. RCSEd’s commercial enterprises offer conferencing and event facilities at The Playfair Building, Symposium Hall and Quincentenary Hall, and runs the Ten Hill Place Hotel.

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