Judge Affirms That His Job Is To ‘Protect Front-Line Medical Staff’

A judge has publicly affirmed that his job is to “protect front-line medical staff” during a recent case that was heard at Carlisle Crown Court.

The case in question involved a male who had lashed out at a nurse and tried to bite a paramedic.

Daniel Joseph Little, 21, was under the influence of ‘substances’ and became aggressive towards medical staff whilst being treated at West Cumberland Hospital.

Little yelled obscenities at a nurse and kicked out at her as she tried to take his blood pressure.

Prosecutor Stella Hayden told Carlisle Crown Court:

“The defendants behaviour was such that the nurse describes fearing for her own and her colleagues safety”.

The court heard how Little took hold of a paramedics arm and tried to bite it.

Little admitted to assault, a public order charge and resisting a police officer during the incident.

Jailing him for 7 months, Judge Adkin, who said that his job was to protect front-line medical staff, also said:

“Working as a paramedic or nurse is a difficult and stressful job.

“Those who use violence towards people only trying to help them must face punishment”.

The sentiment and words of Judge Adkin will be warmly welcomed by the tens of thousands of men and women who dedicate their lives to helping others.

Abuse and violence aimed or directed towards NHS and Ambulance staff is one of the biggest reasons for well-trained and highly experienced medical professionals leaving the NHS.

We can only hope that Judge Adkins sentiment flows throughout courtrooms across the country whenever someone is found guilty of abusing or assaulting NHS and emergency services personnel.

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