Pa­tient tried to set fire to paramedics treat­ing him

Staff at­tacked on call­out

Daily Record - - NEWS - ROSS THOMSON re­porters@dai­lyrecord.co.uk

A VI­O­LENT pa­tient tried to set paramedics on fire as they tried to help him, it was re­vealed yes­ter­day.

The man bran­dished a gas can­is­ter and lighter at the paramedics, who were also punched, kicked and butted.

The hor­ri­fy­ing in­ci­dent came af­ter the man took ill at a house in Craigneuk, near Wishaw, La­nark­shire, last week.

As paramedics treated him, he came round and at­tacked them.

An am­bu­lance ser­vice source said: “One staff mem­ber was kicked in the chest while an­other was punched and kicked.

“The man then held a can­is­ter to one of the staff ’s face and tried to light it.

“They were try­ing to save his life and got as­saulted for do­ing their job. Work­ers are sick and tired of this.”

Ear­lier this year, of­fi­cial fig­ures re­vealed there were 186 phys­i­cal as­saults on Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice staff in 2016.

The GMB’s Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice branch sec­re­tary John Marr said: “Not many am­bu­lance staff have not been at­tacked. As a union, we are very con­cerned about in­ci­dents like this.

“Staff un­der­stand that a pa­tient may be­come dis­tressed or dis­ori­en­tated.

“Our staff are trained to deal with sit­u­a­tions like that.

“How­ever, some peo­ple at­tack emer­gency ser­vice work­ers for no rea­son.”

Po­lice con­firmed a man has been ar­rested and will ap­pear at Hamilton Sheriff Court next month.

CON­CERNS John Marr

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