Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery has welcomed government support for a bill to protect public servants like nurses and prison officers from violence. The proposed Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) legislation was a Private Members Bill but is now being given time to become law after backing from ministers.
It will introduce new offences including malicious wounding, grievous or actual bodily harm and common assault, which will become aggravated when carried out against the police, firefighters, the medical professions and prison officers.
“Sadly, increasing numbers of public servants helping and protecting the public are subject to violence and this bill will create specific offences to protect these people who are just doing their job,” said George.
“This is the right way forward and I welcome the Government supporting this bill and I hope it will be become law as it has huge public and cross-party support.
“There is an offence of attacking a police officer but there are presently no legal protections for the medical profession, for example, and this gap needs to be closed.
“Thanks should go to Labour MP Chris Bryant for proposing the bill.”