Concern over "shocking" numbers of assaults on North East ambulance crews

Ambulance workers in Grampian have reported being attacked more than 90 times while on duty over the past five years.

That's according to new figures from the Scottish Ambulance Service.

93 assaults, including those of a sexual nature, were recorded between the beginning of 2018 and the end of last year.

Although the number of reports dropped during the Covid lockdowns of 2020, 23 attacks were committed against paramedics the next year, when many restrictions were still in place.

Tess White, North East region MSP and Scottish Conservative shadow public health spokesperson, said she will raise the subject at the Scottish Parliament.

She added: “Assaults on emergency workers are never acceptable in our society, and attacking ambulance crews should be considered a serious crime.

“The Scottish Ambulance Service is under enough pressure and its employees should not face any threat while trying to help people.

“I do worry that attackers think they can get away with it, because they know it’s very unlikely they’ll get a custodial sentence.

“The challenges posed by COVID-19 intensified these issues for emergency workers.

“That’s why it’s so shocking to see such a spike in attacks for 2021, when many Covid restrictions were still in place, and all our health workers were trying their best to save lives.”

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