Is stabbing doctors legal?

This report kind of implies that stabbing doctors is legal in Scotland:

Plans to improve protection for GPs and community midwives are to be considered by MSPs.

The measures were prompted by an attack on Dr Helen Jackson, 56, who was stabbed at her surgery in Hyndland Road, Glasgow, in August. Ambulance workers, doctors, nurses and midwives working in a hospital or responding to an emergency are currently protected by the law. GPs, nurses and midwives on non-urgent calls in the community are not covered. An extension to the Scottish Government’s Emergency Workers Act has been laid before the Scottish Parliament.

Evidently the generic laws on assault, malicious wounding, ABH, etc, don’t apply to doctors. Of maybe they do apply to doctors, but not when they are at their surgeries. Or maybe it’s only doctors with the owrds “Helen” and “Jackson” in their name who it’s legal to stab.

Anyway, the government are on the case, and determined to do something about it:

Public Health Minister Shona Robison said: “We owe our NHS staff a huge debt of gratitude for the work they do on a daily basis sometimes in challenging circumstances”. She added that the Emergency Workers Act, which was passed by the Scottish Parliament in 2005, did not go far enough.

However if you read to the end of the report it appears that stabbing GPs is in fact already illegal, because they’ve caught the guy that did it and put him before a court:

A man has appeared in court in connection with the incident at the GP’s surgery.

So why the need for a new law? Are we to believe that there is a significant number of criminals who would stab someone contrary to the law against stabbing people, but wouldn’t stab them if there was a specific law against stabbing doctors? Or maybe Shona Robison knows damn well that her proposal will have no effect, doesn’t care, and just wants to be seen to be doing something, even if it is an utterly pointless activity.

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