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Paramedics are bearing the brunt of alcohol misuse

 

Survey reveals burden alcohol places on ambulance staff

Almost half of North East paramedics have been subjected to alcohol-fuelled physical assaults whilst on duty, according to a new survey.

The report published today (Wednesday 19th August) by Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, also reveals that 2 in 5 of the paramedics surveyed have been sexually assaulted or harassed by patients and members of the public who have drunk too much.

Unsurprisingly, they’ve had enough – with 3 in 5 saying they shouldn’t have to deal with the consequences of alcohol misuse.

Balance joined forces with the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) to carry out a survey of more than 350 paramedics. The results lay bare the true feelings of the hard-working staff who have to deal with alcohol-related incidents on a daily basis.

The report also revealed:

  • More than 9 in 10 NEAS paramedics feel that dealing with alcohol-related callouts places an unnecessary burden on their time and resources.
  • Two-thirds of paramedics said alcohol-related incidences accounted for at least half of their workload during weekend evenings.
  • Two-thirds of paramedics stated that they felt at risk of physical assault when working in the night time economy.
  • 9 in 10 have been threatened at least once and almost half six or more times.
  • Two-thirds of paramedics stated that in excess of 75% of callouts for assault were alcohol-related.

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