Government promises £8million to give ambulance staff body cameras

Mail Online | 4/23/2019 | Stephen Matthews Health Editor For Mailonline;Kate Pickles Health Reporter For The Daily Mail
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A third paramedics have been attacked in the past year, according to official figures from the NHS.

Nearly 7,000 ambulance staff admitted to having suffered physical violence at work last year from patients and the public.

Figures - Government - Series - Measures - Paramedics

The figures have prompted the Government to announce a series of measures that could see all paramedics given body-worn cameras.

In an announcement today, health chiefs promised to spend £8million on a pilot that will see staff at three ambulance trusts wear them.

Former - Health - Secretary - Jeremy - Hunt

Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt first revealed paramedics would be given body cameras last summer amid soaring numbers of assaults.

However, the move struggled to get off the ground. A couple of ambulance trusts began their own pilots of the scheme off their own backs.

North - East - Ambulance - Service - Staff

They included the North East Ambulance Service, which gave 40 frontline staff the cameras as part of a three-month trial.

The DHSC will now fund three ambulance trusts to take part in a trial of the gadgets. The trusts have not been named. If successful, all staff could be given them.

Minister - State - Health - Stephen - Hammond

The Minister of State for Health, Stephen Hammond, will call for all NHS staff to be treated with respect in a speech tomorrow.

He is expected to say: 'We can make sure every NHS member of staff is protected, supported and valued.

'Progress - Complacency - Enemy - Change

'Progress is being made, but we can and must do better. Complacency is always the enemy of change.'

He will also say: 'Investigating every incident of violence and abuse against staff is essential if we are to reduce the frequency of future incidents.

Mr - Hammond - NHS - Shortage - Staff

Mr Hammond warns that the NHS - battling a staffing shortage - will fail to attract or retain excellent staff unless they are protected from harm.

As well as the £8million to pilot,...
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