Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens is urging Avon and Somerset residents to be patient and compassionate when visiting local pharmacies, following concerns of violent and threatening behaviour towards pharmaceutical staff across the UK.
Up and down the country, pharmacies are experiencing additional demand for their services as a result of Covid-19. In order to protect staff and customers, there have been delays and, in some cases, shortages of stock.
As a result, the Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has called for the support of all PCCs and their forces across the UK to help to encourage local people to support pharmacies during this period by remaining calm.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “This is an extremely anxious time for us all and we are facing new challenges as the coronavirus outbreak continues. However, this is not an excuse to display threatening behaviour towards anyone, let alone a key worker who is helping to keep us safe.
“Alongside the NHS and other emergency workers, pharmacy teams are under huge pressure and I am encouraging all local people to remain calm and show compassion during this time. Individuals and teams are going above and beyond to keep us safe and they should be applauded for their efforts.”
Posted on Monday 20th April 2020