‘Don’t abuse our crews’ says Bedfordshire’s ambulance service

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) has relaunched its Don’t Choose to Abuse campaign, highlighting the abuse ambulance staff receive ­­– and the consequences for perpetrators.

Wednesday, 16th January 2019, 3:10 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 5:20 pm
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During 2017-18 there were more than 1,000 incidents reported by ambulance staff, including 252 incidents of physical abuse and intimidation and eight incidents where weapons were used.

The campaign has been re-launched across the county with a poster campaign going out in the new year to pubs, licensed premises and other public places, reminding people that assaulting ambulance crew members can result in a prison sentence of up to 12 months.

Dorothy Hosein, chief executive of EEAST, said: “No-one should have to face abuse as part of their job, but when ambulance crews and call-handlers, who are there to help, are abused it’s totally unacceptable.

“Some members of our staff have reported they receive some form of abuse almost daily. This can have a cumulative effect on people’s wellbeing, and part of our campaign is telling staff that if they receive abuse from the public, they will be supported. Don’t choose to abuse – the consequences can be serious.”