August 19, 2013

Ambulance Staff Regularly Verbally Abused and Assaulted

The Argus has obtained figures on the number of assaults on members of the South East Coast Ambulance Service and reveals that scores of paramedics have been left with cuts, bruises and strains after being assaulted by patients themselves, patients' friends or relatives and other members of the public. 

A Freedom of Information request to South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) reveals ambulance workers reported 51 physical assaults in Sussex between April 2012 and the end of March 2013.

Several incidents have involved people who are drunk or on drugs and who become aggressive, while others are linked to people suffering mental health problems.

An ambulance spokesman said: “Our trust views assaults against its staff very seriously.

“Our local security management specialists actively promote awareness of our zero-tolerance stance with regard to assaults on staff and encourage them to report incidents.

The trust also ensures our operational staff are provided with conflict resolution training to minimise the risk of assaults.”