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Ambulance crew attacked on call
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There is an increasing number of attacks on ambulance crews
An ambulance crew member has received hospital treatment after being attacked by people he was trying to help.

The attack happened in Llanfoist near Abergavenny, after a car overturned in the town on 26 March.

The paramedic was assaulted after asking a man and a woman if they needed help. Two men have been arrested.

He received a cut lip and minor facial injuries and had to be treated at Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny.

The attack happened after the crew were called to deal with casualties involved in a car accident under the old railway bridge in Merthyr Road in the town shortly before 2100 GMT.

It is appalling that staff have to learn to protect themselves when it is their job to provide emergency care to communities at their time of greatest need
George Murphy, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust

Two females, two males and a dog were travelling in the car at the time but all managed to escape from the car.

The paramedic was attacked after approaching two people he thought needed help.

George Murphy from the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust: "The safety and well-being of front-line ambulance staff is of paramount importance to the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust and we will not tolerate any incidents of violence and aggression against staff.

"Unfortunately, incidents of verbal and physical abuse against staff is a continuing problem and as part of the trust's commitment to zero tolerance it has invested in extra training in how to deal with potentially violent and aggressive situations.

"It is appalling that staff have to learn to protect themselves when it is their job to provide emergency care to communities at their time of greatest need."

Gwent Police have arrested two men aged 21 and 19 in connection with the attack and they have been released on police bail. Investigations are on-going.

In 2003/4, there were 179 reported incidents of violence and aggression against staff with 61 resulting in injury.




SEE ALSO:
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