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Launch of ‘Stop Abuse’ Campaign December 4, 2008

Posted by liverpoolchamber in News.

stethWith the Christmas season well underway, the ‘Stop Abuse’ campaign has been launched across the North West.

It aims to raise awareness of the violence and aggression that is directed at ambulance staff across the North West, reinforcing the message that it will not be tolerated.

The ‘Stop Abuse’ Campaign is believed to be the biggest anti-violence initiative of its kind and unique in its partnership with the Pubwatch scheme across the region. It will operate in Blackpool, Carlisle, Chester, Liverpool and Manchester, following a highly successful trial in Liverpool in December 2007.

Under the ‘Stop Abuse’ campaign any individual who launches a verbal or physical attack on an ambulance crew member will be banned from all Pubwatch member premises in that area, regardless of whether or not police action is taken. The aims are to both raise awareness of the unacceptable behaviour towards ambulance staff, and punish perpetrators who commit such offences.

The campaign is being delivered by the North West Ambulance Service in partnership with Merseyside Police, Cheshire Constabulary, Greater Manchester Police, Lancashire Constabulary, Cumbria Constabulary, and Liverpool Chamber of Commerce’s Pubwatch scheme.1,456 ambulance staff were assaulted nationally between April 2007 and April 2008, with 234 of these incidents occurring in the North West. It is estimated that violence against NHS staff costs £69,000,000 a year, and 19 attacks have already occurred in 2008.

Joe Curran, Night Time Economy Manager for Liverpool Chamber’s Business Crime Direct Team in the city centre said “Its great to see the scheme being rolled out across the North West after it saw such good results during its trial in Liverpool. We want to send a clear message that violent behaviour towards NHS staff, and ambulance crews in particular, is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated”.


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