Give prison officers confidential information of prisoners health to protect them at work

Give prison officers confidential information of prisoners health to protect them at work

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Liam Murdock started this petition to UK Parliament

I am a prison officer here in the UK. It is currently the law that we can not be told if a prisoner has a life changing or life ending illness. It is very common in jails to have blood spat at you, staff stabbed with dirty needles and to have to administer first aid to self harmers. Any of these people could have HIV, Hepatitis or other blood bourne diseases but currently we are not given any of this information because it is confidential. I am asking for the law to be changed on this. We put our lives at risk while saving other people's. In my opinion and the opinion of many of my colleagues, these people gave up their right to medical confidentiality when they came to prison and officers and other staff should be made aware of any potential life threat as soon as possible. For example, we may have to restrain a violent prisoner who is biting the inside of their cheek and spitting the blood at us or simply biting us directly. We will not be told if they have a disease that could kill us or permanently change our lives.

i want the law to be changed whereby anyone who comes to prison and has a condition like this loses their right to medical confidentiality in order to protect staff on the front line. We are already considered the forgotten service but the work we do is extremely important. It's time the government recognised that fact and protected us more. Please help. 

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