October 22, 2014

Attacks on Ambulance Staff Often Fuelled by Alcohol

West Midlands Ambulance Service staff were subjected to more than 200 incidents of abuse in the past year. Physical attack, verbal abuse and threats are common and often committed by people under the influence of alcohol.

New figures have revealed that there have been eight physical and 38 verbal threatening cases against ambulance staff across the region so far this year.

There were 30 physical and 52 threatening incidents last year, and 21 physical and 68 threatening cases from 2012 to 2013.

Ambulance bosses and trade union leaders in the West Midlands are united in calling for tougher sentences for those people who attack and abuse ambulance staff.

Reduce assaults on ambulance staff