Paramedics attacked and injured by man they were trying to help

The two staff members are expected to be off work 'for some time'. Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

West Midlands Ambulance Service say a man has been arrested after two ambulance staff were assaulted and injured whilst trying to treat a man.

The crew were called to a property in Coleshill on Sunday evening to reports of a middle aged man who was unconscious after falling.

Whilst there, the ambulance service says the man hit out at the crew and tried to break one of the windows of the ambulance.

Police and a paramedic operations manager were sent to the scene.

The man was taken to Good Hope Hospital by the crew where he became verbally abusive and police were again called to the scene.

They say one crew member suffered a dislocated thumb; the other had chest and arm injuries and both had to receive treatment at hospital before being discharged.

They are likely to be off work for some time.

Assistant Ambulance Chief Officer, Andrew Proctor, said: 

“Our staff come to work to help people in their hour of need.

“We have now lost two members of staff from frontline operations while they recover which will have an inevitable impact on our ability to respond to patients in a timely manner.

“We will be pushing for the courts to take the toughest possible action in this and every such case so that people know that it is not acceptable.

“We know from the feedback we receive from the public that they find such actions abhorrent, so we hope the courts will reflect the strength of that feeling.”