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To: The NHS and the government
Give paramedics body armour
Please provide personal protection equipment to ambulance staff and paramedics.
Why is this important?
Today, following a Freedom of Information request, it was revealed shocking statistics that show that hundreds of addresses in the UK are considered 'dangerous places' for paramedics to go into.
It is a sad state of affairs when it is unsafe for men and women, seeking only to help people in need of urgent medical attention, cannot enter a property without police escorts in place to protect them from harm.
The homes have been blacklisted by the Ambulance Service because of previous incidents in which paramedics have been physically assaulted, (including being stabbed and beaten), subjected to verbal abuse or been attacked by dangerous dogs.
The ambulance service is right to take every precaution to ensure the safety of its crews, but it is depressing that so many incidents are occurring.
The tide of attacks on mercy crews is sadly still on the rise nationwide.
Let's hope that this shameful tide turns soon and that the paramedics, who do such good work, will no longer be at such risk.