Rise in violence towards emergency service staff

PUBLISHED: 13:04 18 April 2019

A South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust crew at work.	Picture: David Rogers

A South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust crew at work. Picture: David Rogers

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South Western Ambulance Service (SWASFT) has initiated a campaign to tackle the rise in violence and abuse towards its control room staff.

The foundation trust has launched the Unacceptable Abuse campaign as it expects to receive an influx in 999 calls over the Easter holidays.

Figures from police forces in the area show emergency service workers are regularly subjected to a barrage of attacks.

These include serious injury, verbal abuse, spitting, biting and sexual assault from the people they try to help.

Chief executive at SWASFT Ken Wenman said: “Our staff work in extremely difficult circumstances and are often under threat of attack or abuse.

“This is totally unacceptable and we will take whatever action is necessary to ensure they are protected and those found responsible for such acts will be prosecuted.”

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