The North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) has launched a new campaign; ‘Get Behind 999’, aimed at raising awareness and in turn eliminating the physical and verbal abuse faced by our emergency service employees.
With over 1200 incidents of violence and aggression towards NWAS employees recorded in 2017 alone, concerns are being raised regarding staff wellbeing across the emergency services. In fact, of the incidents of abuse recorded, 437 involved physical assault such as pushing, hitting, scratching or the use of an object as a weapon, demonstrating the physical threat faced.
Our ambulance service provides a vital service, yet year on year, incidents of violence and aggression towards them from patients that they are trying to help are increasing. Not only are perpetrators of such incidents putting their own lives at risk, but also the lives of other patients requiring assistance, members of the pubic and most pertinently, the lives of those who are trying to provide them with the help required.
Not only can such incidents have an immediate impact upon the victim and their ability to undertake their role whilst they obtain medical assistance or provide witness statements to Police, but also a lasting long-term impact, but physically and psychologically.
The risk of violence faced within these roles may also deter people from joining and remaining in much needed emergency services roles.
Get Behind 999 is being rolled out across all emergency services in the North West of England, with members of the public being invited to pledge their support for the initiative by visiting http://www.nwas.nhs.uk/ .
Victoria Price, Head of Personal Injury commented:
“Our emergency services provide vital assistance to the public each and every day.
Under no circumstances should they be faced with violence or aggression, however severe or minor, whilst carrying out their duties. These acts can have significant impact to their personal and professional lives.
At Price Slater Gawne, we are proud to have pledged our support to the Get Behind 999 campaign”.
If you are employed or have previously been employed in the emergency services and you have been assaulted at work and you would like to make a claim for your injuries and losses, please contact us for a free, confidential conversation about your claim on 0161 6155554, by visiting our Altrincham offices or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.