The variety of bodily assaults on paramedics in Northern Eire’s north west is at a five-year excessive, based on ambulance service figures.
There have been 21 bodily assaults on Northern Eire Ambulance Service (NIAS) employees within the Western Belief space because the begin of the 12 months.
Ambulance employees have additionally been verbally abused on 19 events in 2017.
Shane Devlin, NIAS chief government, mentioned it was unacceptable that employees needs to be assaulted or abused.
He advised BBC Radio Foyle there have been a variety of measures in place to chop the dangers to employees, however finally crews have been pressured into “environments that can’t be managed”.
“In lots of circumstances folks might be inebriated or medication,” he mentioned.
He mentioned the regulation ought to at all times function a deterrent.
“Finally, if employees are assaulted or abused, as chief government to the Northern Eire Ambulance Service, I’ll at all times name for a custodial sentence.”
Valerie O’Neill was assaulted greater than 10 years in the past in an incident in Castlederg, Co Tyrone, that she mentioned left her traumatised.
“Afterwards, the impression is terrible,” she mentioned.
“It was simply horrible and for months I couldn’t sleep. I didn’t really feel I needed to return to work however fortunately that feeling pale.
“It is rather unhappy these incidents are nonetheless ongoing, maybe it’s the case that there isn’t any correct deterrent in place,” she added.
In the meantime Londonderry’s district decide Barney McElholm mentioned perpetrators don’t “think about the sentencing pointers earlier than deciding how onerous to punch the paramedic who’s treating them”.
He mentioned training and improved parenting “would possibly go additional in direction of curing this drawback”.
“One can see that higher parenting is an important difficulty right here and sadly the place youngsters go flawed, it is the place the parenting is just not satisfactory,” he added.