Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the General Pharmaceutical Council, said:
“We share the widespread view across pharmacy that there should be zero tolerance for abuse or violence against pharmacy staff.
Three temporary emergency measures have been introduced by the UK Government into legislation (The Misuse of Drugs (Coronavirus) (Amendments Relating to the Supply of Controlled Drugs During a Pandemic etc.) Regulations 2020).
We have signed a joint statement with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society about NHS volunteers in England supporting pharmacy teams with key tasks including delivering medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic.