Ambulance crews to be taught self-defence

Self-defence training is to be given to ambulance crews as
part of a £1 million campaign to improve safety for paramedics.

Two-and-a-half thousand workers will be taught to throw off assailants,
deflect blows and escape from the grip of attackers.

London Ambulance Service is to launch the scheme in about
six months following an increasing number of attacks on staff.

The use of anti-stab vests is also being considered as well
as a register of high-risk addresses, which crews won’t enter without police
support.

There is more than one assault a day on ambulance workers in
London and Peter Bradley, the service’s chief executive said the decision to
provide self-defence training was sad but necessary.

www.lond-amb.sthames.nhs.uk

By Ben Willmott.
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