Don't Choose To Abuse! - The new campaign against paramedic assaults
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During a dispatch, ambulance crews may face difficulties with the public around the patient. Many times we already faced the topic of violence and abuse on paramedics, but this time also the EEAST launched its appeal to this issue.
Paramedic assaults: the new campaign against abuse
At the beginning of 2019, the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) decided to launch the Don’t Choose to Abuse campaign, in order to highlight the consequences of ambulance staff abuse and paramedic assaults and what perpetrators will face. According to NHS, 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 region (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk) with a poster campaign going out in the new year to pubs, licensed premises and other public places, reminding people that paramedic assaults can result in a prison sentence of up to 12 months.
As for the consequences to perpetrators, they will, of course, undergo a process and the surely be condemned for having impeded the correct activity of the authorities and medical staff on service. As for the kind of violence and abuse ambulance crews are generally subjected to, like punches, intimidations, the launch of objects and so on.
Dorothy Hosein, CEO da EEAST disse:
“Ninguém deveria ter que enfrentar abusos como parte de seu trabalho, mas quando equipes de ambulância e manipuladores de chamadas, que estão lá para ajudar, são abusados, é totalmente inaceitável. Alguns membros de nossa equipe relataram que recebem algum tipo de abuso quase diariamente. Isso pode ter um efeito cumulativo no bem-estar das pessoas, e parte da nossa campanha está dizendo à equipe que, se receberem abusos de membros do público, serão apoiados. Congratulamo-nos com o fortalecimento da lei e apoiaremos nossa equipe na denúncia de abusos e na pressão pelas penas mais fortes. Portanto, embora gostemos de lidar com pessoas em circunstâncias difíceis, gostaríamos de lembrar a todos que eles têm uma escolha. Não escolha abusar - as consequências podem ser graves. ”