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More than 130 assaults on ambulance staff in last year

By CWilson_TG  |  Posted: December 04, 2013

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More than 130 physical assaults were made on members of the ambulance service in the east of England last year, a report from NHS Protect has revealed.

Criminal convictions were handed out to 46 of people involved in 137 recorded attacks against East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) staff during 2012/13.

Rob Ashford, acting Director of Service Delivery, for EEAST said: “The safety and well-being of our staff is of utmost importance and we have protocols in place to ensure that such assaults are reported and dealt with appropriately.

“The vast majority of people are supportive of the ambulance service, but unfortunately there are still those few people who obstruct our staff as they try to go about their work helping people around the region.

“It is absolutely unacceptable for people who are working hard on the frontline to help others to be attacked for any reason and we take a zero tolerance approach against assaults, collaborating with the police to ensure that the necessary action is taken against the culprits.”

However, the figure shows a decrease from the previous year, when 144 assaults were recorded on EEAST members of staff.

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  • Pete67  |  December 04 2013, 12:39PM

    gsx1100 - - - I like your idea, but if it is a genuine emergency or even just too much to drink the ambulance staff will dive in first, and ask questions later. That's the high calibre of these people who try to daily save lives.

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  • gsx1100  |  December 04 2013, 10:06AM

    Good idea, Pete67, but it would mean expense for the taxpayers. How about the withdrawal all NHS, non life threatening, services like GP's, dentist etc. It could be for a set period the first time, and if they reoffend, a longer or lifetime ban.

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  • Pete67  |  December 04 2013, 8:47AM

    Assault on any ambulance/hospital staff should mean an automatic prison sentence. The idiots might start learning then.

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  • VictorToo  |  December 03 2013, 3:58PM

    If ambulance staff are being assualted by people who have drunk too much, then they should refuse to treat them and leave.

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