Statement in response to the Assaults on Emergency Service Workers Bill

14 November 2017

Chief Executive, Garrett Emmerson, said: “In the week when three ambulance staff were assaulted, we welcome the Assaults on Emergency Service Workers Bill – which reaches committee stage tomorrow (Wednesday November 15).

“On average, an ambulance crew is assaulted every day in London. And physical assaults are on the rise – up by over 21 per cent last year.

“It will never be ok to assault our staff and we will always push for the highest possible sentence.

“We are supporting the Bill because it calls for tougher punishments for anyone who attacks paramedics and other 999 staff.

“It is unacceptable that our ambulance crews should be targeted in this way as they go about caring for patients in the capital.”

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Notes to Editors

  • Ambulance crews reported 534 physical assaults between April 2016 and March 2017.
    This compares to 456 assaults during the same period the year before.
  • A paramedic and an emergency medical technician were assaulted today (Tuesday 14 November) while they were responding to a seriously ill elderly person in Camberwell.
  • A single responder In a car was assaulted by a patient in Hayes on Sunday morning.
  • The new law will also require suspects to provide blood and saliva samples and make it an offence to refuse to give samples.