Responding to reports that many staff members at medical practices in East Lothian have experienced high levels of abuse from the public throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Martin Whitfield MSP said:

“The high level of abuse being reported by staff at local medical surgeries is appalling and totally unacceptable. I add my voice to those condemning this behaviour and urge the public to treat health staff with respect at all times.

“Whatever frustrations people may feel, there is never an excuse for being abusive or rude to staff who are only trying to do their job, often under very difficult circumstances.”

Anyone requiring assistance with raising concerns about a health matter can contact Martin for advice and support by emailing

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