The Health Development Agency has published guidance on protecting general practice staff from the threat of violence.Prepared by the Health Service Advisory Committee, it includes risk assessments and advice covering issues such as working patterns, security and the physical environment.The guidance chimes with Labour's pre-election commitment to a crackdown on those who use violence against public sector workers, with tough penalties for anyone convicted.

Violence and Aggression in General Practice. HDA, 020-7413 1873.