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Letters Tide of abuse against NHS staff

Supporting NHS staff facing abuse from patients frustrated by long waits for care

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 30 November 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2949
  1. Amit Sinha, media and communication lead1,
  2. Ghulam Abbas, president2,
  3. Shabi Ahmad, general secretary3,
  4. Ramesh Mehta, president4,
  5. Ellen Welch, editorial lead and GP5,
  6. Ibrahim Bolaji, president6,
  7. Arun Baksi, director7
  1. 1British International Doctors Association
  2. 2Association of Pakistani Association of Physicians and Surgeons of UK
  3. 3Association of Pakistani Physicians of Northern Europe
  4. 4British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin
  5. 5Doctors’ Association (UK)
  6. 6Medical Association of Nigerians Across Britain
  7. 7Our NHS Our Concern
  1. amitsinha2{at}

We are doctors’ associations representing NHS staff and employers. We welcome the concerns about abuse of NHS staff raised by the BMA and other organisations.1 We also wish to emphasise that any form of verbal or physical abuse of health and care staff is completely unacceptable. These distressing incidents should …

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