Exclusive The Metropolitan Police is working with Londonwide LMCs to produce guidance for GP practices on how to minimise violence towards staff.
Londonwide LMCs medical director Dr Elliott Singer told Pulse it was ‘currently working with them’ on a guide.
It comes as nearly three quarters of GPs are experiencing increased levels of patient abuse compared with before the pandemic, according to a Pulse survey carried out last year.
Dr Singer said: ‘The Met police produced a guide for the retail sector to minimise abuse of staff. And we’re looking at that and we’re working with them to do a version of that aimed for general practice.’
He said the organisations were also looking at ‘de-escalation training’ and how the police can help Londonwide LMCs advise practices on how to maintain a safe workplace.
He added: ‘We’ve arranged for some senior officers to visit a couple of practices to try and understand the difficulty they’ve had.’
While the guide will be produced by the Met and supported by Londonwide LMCs, it would be freely available for all GP practices.
Meanwhile, a GP and two practice staff members were barricaded into their London surgery for over two hours last October while awaiting the police’s response to a violent patient.
And, amid other examples of abuse, a man charged with assault after attacking and injuring four GP practice staff in September will face trial at Manchester Crown Court next month.
Health secretary Sajid Javid said the funding could be used for security enhancements GPs ‘think they might need’, such as ‘panic buttons’ or CCTV.