Paramedics attacked by coach driver while treating patient

London Ambulance Service (LAS) has hit out after paramedics were assaulted by a coach driver as they treated a critically ill patient.

The two medical workers were allegedly attacked in a row over parking as they attended an emergency in Camberwell on Tuesday morning.

During the altercation the male and female paramedics were confronted over the way their ambulance was parked and then "physically assaulted".

Metropolitan Police attended and arrested a 51-year-old man on suspicion of common assault.

Speaking to ITV London, LAS criticised the actions of the individual and lamented the increase in the number of assaults on its personnel.

Passer-by Gavin Higgins reported that the attacker had been driving a coach operated by Redwing.

Southwark Police tweeted that LAS had called for "urgent assistance", adding that the paramedics were left "shaken" by the incident.

The ambulance workers were later stood down.

Mr Higgins tweeted: "Pretty revolting behaviour towards anyone, let alone someone from the emergency services..."

Two hours later, he tweeted the ambulance service, saying: "I want to say you guys are amazing and I hope you don't have to deal with this s*** too often."

Deputy Director of Operations at LAS told ITV London that the service had seen a big jump in the number of assaults on its staff.

"It's never OK to assault a member of the ambulance service," he said.

"They're there to provide care to the people of London. We realise we cause some inconvenience at times because of the way we leave our vehicles.

"But no matter what the circumstance it's not OK to assault personnel."

Mr Bate said LAS would be working with police to ensure the "maximum level of penalty" was applied to offenders.

"Unfortunately we are seeing an increase in the amount of staff that get assaulted and this year we saw a 20% increase in assaults on our staff," he added.

The Met said in a statement: "Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 09:09hrs on Tuesday, 14 November to reports that a crew member had been assaulted in Daneville Road, SE5.

"Officers attended and arrested a 51-year-old man nearby on suspicion of common assault."

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