Following reports of a paramedic being attacked whilst tending to a patient in Ballymoney, UUP Councillor Darryl Wilson has called for a zero-tolerance approach to such incidents.
In a statement, Cllr Wilson said: An incident such as this once again highlights the dangers faced by blue light services when attending calls. “Our paramedics do a wonderful job, they dedicated to the care of those who need our help. It is totally disgraceful that we have yet again witnessed another incident of this type.
“When a paramedic comes under such an attack it often means that they are unable to continue with the rest of their shift, the Town can then be left without full cover, relying on the neighbouring stations to be available to respond to calls which is a massive pressure on already stretched resources. “This can also impact on the staff from those other stations as they may have to travel longer distances at high speed to respond to patients.”
Cllr Wilson added: “Our emergency services have the support of the vast majority of the public in an attempt to not only prevent, but to consign these attacks to the past, a zero-tolerance approach should be used against those who act in such an unacceptable manner.”