Ambulance medic assaulted by patient

The London Ambulance Service has called for more respect for staff after a medic was physically assaulted by a patient he was trying to treat.

John Reed, an emergency medical technician from Dagenham, was on duty in a fast response car when he was called to reports of a patient lying in the street on Saturday night.

John said: “On arriving on the scene I approached the man lying on the floor. I shook him and he jumped up and started shouting abuse in my face. I tried to return to the car but the man broke my glasses before punching and kicking me. The next thing I remember was some colleagues in an ambulance arriving to help me.”

The assailant fled the scene. John was treated by colleagues for injuries to his head and ribs and taken to hospital. He was discharged three hours later.

John said: “It is a very sad situation when we are attacked by the very people whose community we are trying to serve. We should be able to do our job without the fear of attack or intimidation.”

Assistant Director of Operations Jason Killens said: “We are outraged to hear about this incident. This kind of behaviour is towards our staff is totally unacceptable, especially when they are serving the public. 

 “We are supporting John, and will do everything possible to aid the police in pursuing prosecution.”

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