27 Mar 2020

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn has urged Dyfed-Powys residents to be patient when visiting pharmacies as they struggle to cope with the huge additional demand due to COVID-19.

This plea from the Commissioner comes amid concerns of violent and threatening behaviour towards pharmaceutical staff across the UK.

As a result, the Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has called for the support of all Police and Crime Commissioners and their forces across the UK to help calm the behaviour experienced in some pharmacies during this crisis period.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn said, “While it is understandable that people are anxious and worried about ensuring they get their medication, we are hearing some unfortunate stories of violent and threatening behaviour towards staff at pharmacies across the UK.

“This will not be tolerated. Pharmacy teams are under an unprecedented degree of pressure at present, and I urge the public to be patient and to respect the staff who are doing their utmost to support you at this time, and in doing so, putting their own lives and their families at risk."