Someone tried to assault me on Sunday – an alcoholic who was brought into hospital drunk, then sat outside to continue her drinking. She then decided to wander off home while still attached to and IV, IV bag and drip stand.
Another crew came across her and were trying to deal with her but already had a patient in the back of their ambulance, so we decided to help out and take the 'patient' back to the A&E department to have the IV removed.
As I was waiting to chat to the nurses about her she because louder and aggressive and I told her to behave – she then threw her mobile phone at me. I call that 'refusing treatment', so I removed the IV and, in an armlock, marched her out of the department and told her to 'go away'.
There is paperwork to be filled in, but honestly – what is the point? I've never had any feedback on the other times I've been assaulted, never been to court, never heard of anyone being prosecuted.
And then you hear this story,
Ann Sumner had much of her hair pulled out of her head, she was punched and scratched and left with a form of whiplash in her shoulder.All because she had stopped her rapid response vehicle to attend to a drunken girl in a Manchester city centre street.
The student, 20-year-old Melissa Massey, was jailed for eight weeks on Monday after she pleaded guilty to assaulting the paramedic in the early hours of New Years Day.
Excellent – a custodial sentence for someone who has assaulted a medic who was sent to help her.
But then a few days later,
Melissa Massey, 20, was slumped in a drunken stupor on Princess Street in Manchester when ambulance worker Ann Sumner went to her aid on New Year's Eve. But the Oxford Brookes undergraduate, who is expected to gain a first class business degree this summer, responded by punching Miss Sumner in the face and pulling out clumps of her hair.
Before sentencing, she said she had no memory of the ten-minute attack because she was so drunk and that she was mortified by what she had done.
Of course, it's not her fault – she is just a victim,
Alistair Reid, representing Massey, said prison had been a 'short, sharp shock' for the student.
He said she had 'absolute sympathy' for the victim because she had been run over by a drunk-driver as a child. This experience, he claimed, had left her 'particularly apprehensive around medical staff'. 'That was the only possible explanation she can give why she lashed out and reacted in such an appalling manner,' he added
So you can see why, for reasons unconnected with any assault that I have received, why 'filling in the paperwork' feels like a complete waste of time.
If an alcoholic throws a phone at me, tries to punch me, spits at me, kicks me or is at all aggressive towards me then the chances of them ending up in court are slim – and if they do end up in court they just show how they are the victim because of their illness (and for 'illness', read 'poor life choices') and in doing so, even if found guilty, receive a tiny sentence.
However, I do think that this video from the Netherlands is really rather good – although I wonder how long the billboard was paid for before being taken over by a drinks company…
Thanks to everyone who sent me links to the BBC/Mail articles, and special thanks to Ed who sent me the link to the video.