Show respect for crews
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.”