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​Scotland: Tackling abusive behaviour towards dental teams

25 November 2021

 

The Scottish Government has launched a Healthcare Worker Respect Campaign to tackle increased levels of violent and abusive behaviour from patients towards dental staff.

 

Following reports from members, we had previously raised this problem with the Scottish Government and urged them to develop a public messaging campaign.

 

The toolkit contains:

 

  • Social media assets for your practice
  • Posters discouraging unacceptable patient behaviour, which can be printed and displayed in your practice
  • Posters for staff-only areas, which encourage staff to report abusive behaviour.

We welcome the Scottish Government listening to members' concerns and producing a practical kit which dental practices, dental hospitals and the Public Dental Service can use to help combat this problem.