Hostility towards ambulance staff

Scottish Ambulance Service staff are warned in advance if attending an address where someone has been violent towards them in the past
Scottish Ambulance Service staff are warned in advance if attending an address where someone has been violent towards them in the past

There are 19 addresses in the Borders that have been flagged up by the Scottish Ambulance Service as being potentially hostile.

Ambulance crews are warned of previous incidents of violence or threats that have been made when attending a medical emergency at these addresses.

The number recorded in the Borders is much lower than in other parts of the country (figures from May 2013 show a total of 1323 Scottish addresses where ambulance crews need to be cautious), the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway and the Highlands and Islands proving safest for paramedics.

Local MSP John Lamont, however, has condemned such violence and called for more to be done to promote respect for emergency service staff.

He said: “It is abhorrent to think that anyone would threaten or be violent towards a member of our emergency service staff. Ambulance crews help to save thousands of lives each and every year, and for someone to show them anything but their upmost respect is totally unacceptable.

“It is therefore hugely regrettable that there are 19 addresses in the Borders that might pose a danger to ambulance crews. The Scottish Ambulance Service have a duty to protect their crews, and the flagging system helps them to identify those who have been violent towards them in the past.

“If an ambulance has been called out to an address it is in order to help those who are in need of immediate medical attention, so it beggars belief that someone would try and get between them and their duty.

“Those who have behaved violently towards paramedics need to learn that behaviour like that will not be tolerated.”