Trials showed the devices reduced violence against paramedics, who felt safe to record
Paramedics and ambulance workers are to be given body-worn cameras in the UK after thousands of attacks against staff were reported last year.
Tests showed that the devices reduced violence against paramedics, who felt safe to record anything.
NHS England The data showed that 3,569 ambulance workers were assaulted in 2020 and 2021 – a 32% increase from five years ago.
The equipment will be given to staff across all 10 NHS trusts in England, three years before the due date.
The press of a button will trigger the cameras and in some circumstances the footage can be made available to the police.
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This plan was tested in London and with North East Ambulance Service.
Gary Watson, who works as an emergency ambulance crew member for the London Ambulance Service Croydon, has been part of the tests.
In 2018, he was attacked while working, causing his ligaments to tear as well as serious injuries to his face, throat and neck.
Two of his companions were also injured and a fourth was shaken.
After the incident, one person was convicted and given a suspended sentence.
Mr Watson said: “These cameras are needed, and wearing them makes me feel safe. They act as a deterrent and will also help provide evidence if there is an attack.
“We go to work to help people, not to attack. It is disgusting that minorities think that it is okay to behave in such a violent manner.”
Minister of State for Health and Social Care, Nadine Doris Said: “The violence and abuse against our employees is absolutely abhorrent. The NHS and social care workforce have worked tirelessly to protect all of us during the pandemic, and they deserve our full support and protection.
“I am delighted that the NHS is rolling out these body cameras ahead of time, as they can help reduce incidents, make staff feel safer and bring violent offenders to justice.
“We have already doubled the maximum punishment for assaulting an emergency worker and continue to take action to protect employees from violence, aggression and discrimination.”
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Prerana IsaarNHS Chief Public Officer said: “Every member of our dedicated and hardworking NHS staff has a fundamental right to be safe at work and it is our priority to end violence and abuse, which we will not tolerate.
“As well as reducing the number of incidents against our employees, these cameras are an important step towards making our people feel safe as well.
“The fact that we are rolling them out to all ten ambulance trusts three years ahead of schedule is a testament to our commitment to tackling this problem and nothing our employees deserve.”
Darren Green, clinical service manager for the North East Ambulance Service, said: “No one works to be abused, but especially not by the people they’ve come to help with. Sadly, these cameras are no longer needed. It’s needed more than ever.”
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