May 23, 2012

27% annual increase in attacks on West Midlands Ambulance staff

The BBC reports that the number of West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) staff attacked on the job has risen 27% in 12 months. The number of recorded physical attacks on staff rose from 166 to 210 between April 2011 and March 2012.

An increase in the reporting of incidents and  the number of emergency calls is part of the reason for the increase, according to the Service, which has successfully brought 39 criminal prosecutions against those who carried out the physical and verbal abuse.

The Association of Professional Ambulance Personnel (APAP) said the increase in assaults was concerning.

The trust said the number of reported incidents of verbal abuse had also increased from 334 for 2010/11 to 381 for 2011/12.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is one of the few ambulance services in the UK not using Maybo training.

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