There are now 1,400 addresses ambulance staff have branded ‘no-go areas’. Around eight paramedics are subjected to a serious attack every day, as they try to carry out their work saving the public.
The North West service, with 756 addresses red-flagged was the country’s worst area for assaults. Some have been stabbed, throttled and even sexually assaulted in their line of work.
Assaults on ambulance crew members have soared by 36 per cent in just five years. More than 2,800 staff were attacked on duty last year, a rise from just over 2,000 in 2013-14.
In London, injuries sustained by staff included asphyxiation, spinal cord damage, burns, dislocations, fractures and concussion.
A shocking 69 ambulance workers reported being sexually assaulted in 2017 in Yorkshire while another 47 were kicked, 24 slapped, 17 bitten and 36 spat upon.
South East Coast Ambulance has seen the number of assaults on staff nearly double in five years from 113 in 2013-14 to 220 in 2017-18.
GMB union national secretary Rehana Azam said: “These terrifying figures underline that ambulance workers, along with all those who work in the emergency services, are forced to work under an increased threat of violence.
“Cuts in funding mean our ambulance workers are more likely to be working alone. Cuts to police services mean back-up isn’t always there.”
Martin Flaherty, managing director of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, says a surge in alcohol and drug-related incidents is behind the rise in violence.
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