Paramedic assaults on the up – but down in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 06:28 01 September 2011

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ASSAULTS on paramedics and ambulance staff in the region has risen by more than 10 per cent – but dropped in Hertfordshire.

A total of 140 East of England Ambulance Service staff were attacked in 116 separate incidents in 2010/11, according to figures released yesterday. That compares to 125 staff assaults in the previous 12 months.

Hertfordshire bucked the trend, though – with 10 workers assaulted, compared to 14 last year.

Danny Daniel, the service’s health, safety and security manager, said assaults against staff, sometimes by the very people they were trying to help, were completely intolerable.

He said: “While the overwhelming majority of the people our staff see are extremely supportive and appreciative of their hard work, there is sadly a significant minority whose violent behaviour is absolutely unacceptable.

“These acts of aggression carried out while staff try to go about their day-to-day work helping those in need not only affects those staff themselves but potentially presents challenges in getting resources out to other incidents.

“The ability of ambulance crews to work safely and unhindered is paramount not only for their own wellbeing but also that of other patients, and we totally condemn any violence carried out against them.”

Mr Daniel added: “The trust will continue to do all within its power to ensure that appropriate action is taken by the police and Crown Prosecution Service in relation to assaults on staff.”


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