Show re­spect for crews

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

AM­BU­LANCE bosses have vowed that they will not tol­er­ate abuse or vi­o­lence against their staff dur­ing the World Cup.

East of Eng­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice NHS Trust, which cov­ers Cam­bridgeshire, is urg­ing drinkers to show re­spect to the am­bu­lance crews who at­tend in­ci­dents, af­ter fig­ures show that half of the 400 as­saults against staff dur­ing 2009/10 were al­co­hol­re­lated.

The trust’s as­so­ci­ate di­rec­tor for emer­gency op­er­a­tions, Neil Storey said he did not want to dis­cour­age peo­ple from hav­ing a drink and en­joy- ing the tour­na­ment.

How­ever, he has promised that they would pur­sue prose­cu­tions through the po­lice against those who abused am­bu­lance crew mem­bers.

He said: “When you re­spond to a 999 call, the very last thing you ex­pect is to be re­paid with phys­i­cal or ver­bal abuse.

“It’s un­ac­cept­able for any­one to be threat­ened but par­tic­u­larly so when attacks are made on our staff, who are there to help save lives and give aid to the pub­lic.

“We un­der­stand that watch­ing foot­ball matches will gen­er­ate a party at­mos­phere and also heighten peo­ple’s emo­tions –-but we don’t want any ad­verse be­hav­iour to get the bet­ter of them and im­pact on crews.”

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