This guest blog was sent into us on the condition of anonymity. If you have a blog/story that you would like to share with us, then contact us using any of the details below:
‘It’s natural as a student to have worries and fears about training and qualifying.
‘What I am writing about now, however, is not about the everyday fears of student paramedics.
‘This is about abuse towards staff in the emergency services. I have recently been the victim of yet another physical assault by a patient and now I am scared.
‘I am scared about attending court. I have never stepped foot in a courtroom and as a student this is a worrying concept.
‘There has been a huge step forward with the doubling of sentencing for people who assault emergency workers. Unfortunately, assaults are still happening.
‘I am scared that I could be sent to this person again in future if they need another ambulance. This is a very real possibility as we don’t always know who we are going to, especially if they are at an address that is not their own or in a public place.
‘I am scared that this person will recognise me, and I could see them in the street when I am alone or with my small children.
‘I am scared this incident has made me less trusting of the patients I am going out to and it will make me nervous to be on my own with patients in future.
‘Most patients I have been to are very kind and appreciative of our help so it’s a shame that a few abusive people have caused me to always be on my guard in case I am assaulted again.
‘I am scared this may have made me seriously consider changing my career path.
‘I have put so much time and hard work into training and it’s the job I really want to do but I really can’t see a future in it if this becomes a regular occurrence. It’s not surprising that the average career expectancy of newly qualified paramedics is only 5 years.
‘I am scared this will happen again. This is not the first time I have been assaulted whilst on duty.
‘I have previously been verbally abused, punched, grabbed, slapped, pushed and sexually assaulted.
‘I am only one person and I have only been in this job for 2 years, so just think about the amount of abuse that is experienced by emergency workers over the whole country.
‘Don’t get me wrong, many of my shifts have been incident free but I have personally witnessed many assaults on staff across all emergency services and this is not ok.
‘We are here to help people.
‘This needs to stop!’
If you have a blog that you would like us to share with our readers and followers, then please feel free to contact our team of former emergency services personnel by using any of the details below.
If you have an emergency services related story, video (that you have filmed) or opinion (whether its light-hearted or serious) that you want us to share with our readers, then you can reach our team using any of the details below.
We treat all correspondence with anonymity!
Email: email@example.com | Follow & find us on Twitter @ES_Humour | Follow & find us on Facebook @EmergencyServicesHumour
Before you go...
We need your help. As former emergency services & armed forces personnel, we pride ourselves on bringing you important, fast-moving and breaking news stories which are free from the negative bias which is often directed at the emergency services by some sections of the mainstream media.
One of the reasons we started 'Emergency Services News' was because we became tired of reading badly informed stories about the emergency services which seemed only ever to highlight negative aspects of the job.
We want to be the unheard voice of the remarkable men and women who serve in the emergency services, NHS and armed forces. And with around 500k page views each month, we are getting there!
As income from ads, the mainstay source of income for most publishers, continues to decline; we need the help of our readers.
And remember, if you have a service, product or job vacancy that you would like to promote to our large readership, then you can buy advertising space in our articles.
You can support emergency services news from as little as £1. It only takes a minute. Every contribution, however big or small, is vital for our future.
Please help us to continue to highlight the life-saving work of the emergency services, NHS and armed forces by becoming a supporter.