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GMB Backs 'Protect Our Protectors' Bill

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The idea of attacking one of our emergency services workers as they do their duty saving lives is particularly abhorrent.

GMB, the union for ambulance staff, has backed the 'Protect our Protectors' Bill as a paramedic was sprayed with a noxious substance while on duty.

The paramedic was working in Tottenham, North London, when three men who three to toxic contents of a bottle over her in what she feared was the latest in a strong of acid attacks in the capital. [1]

GMB says this is yet more evidence MPs should support Chris Bryant’s Assault on Emergency Staff Bill, which would make assaulting emergency workers in the execution of their duty an aggravated offence. [2]

Kevin Brandstatter, GMB National Officer, said:

“Our members have the right to work without fear of being assaulted - just like anyone else.

“But the idea of attacking one of our emergency services workers as they do their duty saving lives is particularly abhorrent.

“With the latest waves of acid attacks – our emergency services members are on high alert.

“GMB urges MPs to get behind this bill and give our protectors the protection they deserve.”

ENDS

Contact: GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors:

[1] Paramedic sprayed with noxious substance after three flag down ambulance

Crew member was responding to a call before men threw contents of bottle through vehicle window in north London

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jul/18/paramedic-ambulance-noxious-substance-north-londo006E

[2] http://www.policeprofessional.com/news.aspx?id=29838
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