‘Nearly everyone has been the subject of an attack’ – 40 assaults on ambulance staff reported in last two years in Wicklow and eastern region
There have been 40 incidents of assaults on ambulance staff in Wicklow and the Eastern region over the past two years.
A paramedic working in a neighbouring region told WicklowNow.ie: “There are a lot more assaults and attacks we just don’t report.”
The figure released by the National Ambulance Service (NAS) show there were 44 assaults on ambulance staff in the Southern region between 2018 and 2019, this included 23 physical assaults. The other assaults are termed as sexual or verbal.
Speaking to WicklowNow.ie, the paramedic working on the frontline said: “I would say nearly everyone working in the ambulances has been the subject of an attack or has witnessed an attack on a staff member.
“Unfortunately there are a lot more assaults and attacks, we just don’t report them,” they concluded.
Wicklow is part of the Eastern Region in regards the NAS and it covers Cavan, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, and Westmeath, as well as Wicklow.
The figures show the highest recorded incidents of assault are in the Southern region (44), followed by Wicklow in the Leinster and North region with 40 incidents of assault. The Western region recorded 30 incidents of assault.