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Coronavirus: Pharmacy staff attacked

Coronavirus: Pharmacy staff attacked

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 10:04am 26th March 2020.

Community pharmacists report being attacked

  • 44 per cent of pharmacists have reported being attacked during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • They're experiencing exceptionally high demand for medication during the pandemic.
  • Community Pharmacies have reported that workers have been subject to violent and abusive behaviour in the past 5 days.

Whilst working under immense pressure to ensure patients get their medication, they are also experiencing violent and abusive behaviour from a number of them.

In a survey of the 152 Community Pharmacies in North Yorkshire 43.5 per cent of Community Pharmacies reported that they have been subject to violent and abusive behaviour in the past 5 days.

An organisation which represents pharmacies in North Yorkshire says 4 in 10 staff in the county are being attacked or abused because of high demand during the Coronavirus pandemic.

A spokesman for Community Pharmacies in North Yorkshire  say they are working tirelessly to ensure that everyone gets the medicines they need, when they need them.

However, they are experiencing exceptionally high demand for medication.

This 'unprecedented' demand for medicines is due to patients ordering their medicines ahead of the due date, ordering medicines they haven’t had for some time ‘just in case’ and are attempting to stockpile medicines.

Whilst working under immense pressure to ensure patients get their medication, they are also experiencing violent and abusive behaviour from a number of them.

In a survey of the 152 Community Pharmacies in North Yorkshire 43.5 per cent of Community Pharmacies reported that they have been subject to violent and abusive behaviour in the past 5 days.