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ZERO TOLERANCE AT OUR SURGERIES

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It is with deep concern that we again wish to report that members of our Village Surgeries Group (VSG) have been verbally abused and intimidated.

We all accept that Covid regulations have brought huge challenges to the way in which we operate.

With regret, however, VSG receptionists have most recently been the recipients of foul language and verbal abuse.

This is completely unacceptable and has left some of the VSG team extremely shaken and upset.

Your VSG prides itself on the excellent relationship that it has with the community. However, we must remind everyone (and we know this relates to a small minority) that the NHS has a 'zero tolerance' policy of all violence and aggression. This policy is for the protection of all NHS staff, but also for the protection of all patients, their families, visitors, etc.

Anyone giving verbal abuse to members of staff, either in person or over the telephone, will be sent a letter from the Practice advising that such behaviour will not be tolerated. Any future violation of this policy will result in the removal of that patient from the Practice Patient List. There will be no appeal process.

We feel sure that you will understand that proper behaviour is absolutely necessary for staff and patients and that non-observance will not be accepted.

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