Number of attacks to Hampshire ambulance staff increases

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ASSAULTS on paramedics in Hampshire have increased by more than 10 per cent in the past year.

In the last financial year (2010 to 2011) the number of ambulance staff assaulted in the county was 42.

But South Central Ambulance Service figures show this is an increase 13.5 per cent on the previous year when there were 37 incidents reported.

A SCAS spokesman said: ‘We encourage staff to report assaults to the police and will provide support through their line managers when required.

‘The NHS has a zero tolerance policy towards violence against its staff.’

Of the 42 incidents reported last year, only 13 of them were sanctioned, which ranged from police cautions to supervisory orders.