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.