An ambulance crew who were attacked while attempting to treat a patient in Warwickshire will be out of action for some time – as they recover from their injuries.
The two ambulance staff members, which included a paramedic, were called to High Street in Coleshill yesterday (Sunday, August 30), having received reports of an unconscious middle aged man outside, who had fallen.
It is believed that the incident took place at around 6.10pm.
On arrival, it is alleged a man hit out at the crew, and attempted to smash one of the ambulance’s windows.
As a result, police and a paramedic operations manager were dispatched to the scene, before the man was taken to Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield.
Here, it is claimed that the man became verbally abusive, and police were again called to the scene.
It has been confirmed by the West Midlands Ambulance Service that both crew members suffered injuries as a result of the incident, and are likely to be off work for some time.
One crew member suffered a dislocated thumb; the other had chest and arm injuries and both had to receive treatment at hospital before being discharged.
During the incident, CCTV in the ambulance was activated by the ambulance staff, who were also wearing body cameras as part of a trial.
A man has been arrested in connection with this incident.
What has been said about this incident?
Assistant Ambulance Chief Officer, Andrew Proctor, said: “Our staff come to work to help people in their hour of need.
“It is never acceptable for our staff to be either verbally or physically abused.
“We have now lost two members of staff from frontline operations while they revived which will have an inevitable impact on our ability to respond to patients in a timely manner.
“We will be pushing for the courts to take the toughest possible action in this and every such case so that people know that it is not acceptable.
“We know from the feedback we receive from the public that they find such actions abhorrent, so we hope the courts will reflect the strength of that feeling.”
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