Emma Ashburn was given an 18-month community order on 1 July after pleading guilty to assault at Blackpool Magistrates Court and must also attend a 30-day rehabilitation scheme.
Blackpool based Paramedic, Hannah attended to Ms Ashburn with her colleague after an emergency ambulance was required for her in July 2018.
While travelling in the ambulance to hospital, Ms Ashburn became uncooperative and suddenly became aggressive, screaming and lashing out before forcefully snapping back Hannah’s fingers.
The assault resulted in a fracture and dislocation of Hannah’s middle finger.
The attack left Hannah with permanent cartilage damage and meant that she had to take a six-week break from her operating duties.
“It is such a shame that all too often emergency service staff have to suffer this type of abuse when all we are there do is to try and help people.
“This is something that has also affected me psychologically for some time after making me feel very cautious and nervous around similar incidents.
“I’m very thankful and glad of the support offered and provided by my colleagues and management within NWAS and happy that Ms Ashburn is being given the help that she needs.”
Hannah was off work for six-weeks following the attack. Pic Credit: North West Ambulance Service
Ms Ashburn was also ordered to pay a fine of £60 and £300 victim compensation.
Member of the emergency services and their many supporters have been calling for more robust and longer sentences to be handed down to anyone who is convicted of assaulting a member of the emergency services.
Emergency Services News has a dedicated section on our website for recording some of the most severe assaults which members of the emergency services & NHS have been subjected to.
Sector Manager David Rigby said:
“It’s extremely disappointing to hear about another assault on our hardworking staff, and we absolutely welcome this prosecution.
“I would like to send out a clear message that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated and wherever possible, action will be taken against aggressors.
“We work hard to support staff who have been subject to incidents of abuse, but this absolutely should not be happening.
“We urge members of the public to support us and help end violence towards emergency services.”
In November last year, North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) launched a campaign highlighting the growing problem of violence and aggression towards ambulance staff.
Using the hashtag #GetBehind999, NWAS opened an online pledge where people could show their support and businesses could receive posters to display in their premises.
NWAS staff have reported more than 730 cases of physical or verbal assaults in the last 12 months alone.
Last year, the Assaults On Emergency Workers (Offences) Act was introduced to enable harsher sentences to be handed down to anyone who assaults a member of the emergency services/NHS.