Date Published : July 1st, 2018 Published By : admin
Almost 500 ambulances and their paramedics are to be equipped with police-style body cameras, in an effort to reduce violent attacks on the ambulance paramedics.
The announcement was made by NHS Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ahead of the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service (NHS).
15% of NHS workers have suffered physical violence from patients or their families in the past 12 months. There have been 354 prosecutions in cases involving attacks on ambulance staff, however, that number is believed to be a fraction of the actual number of incidents.
The body-cams have already been rolled out within the police force. The new body-cams which will be issued to 465 ambulances and paramedics will improve staff safety and welfare.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said “Staff are under huge pressure and have never worked harder. Nobody should feel unsafe at work – abuse against healthcare workers goes against everything the NHS stands for.
“Whilst the buck must stop with abusers, we want to do everything we can to prevent physical and verbal abuse. Issuing paramedics with body cameras will help protect them and increase prosecutions” he said.