West Midlands Ambulance Service chiefs today urged paramedics on duty to be cautious, after two were attacked on a call.
And today they have blasted the lenient sentence handed to Adam George James, 23, who attacked the paramedics after they found him unconscious in Birmingham city centre.
James, of Housley Close, Birmingham, broke one paramedic’s wrist while another suffered cuts and bruising to his legs after being kicked by James, who was wearing steel toe capped footwear, while they tried to help him.
James was given a 14-month suspended sentence at Birmingham Crown Court, and was ordered to carry out 150 hours of community service and pay a victim surcharge, the ambulance service said.
Now the Attorney General has been urged to review the non-custodial sentence.
Paramedic Amy Holtom, who suffered the broken wrist, said: “I think this is appalling and shows how little the courts think of us.
“Anyone else would have been looking at time in jail, but yet again ambulance staff have been let down by the legal system.”
Chief executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service, Anthony Marsh, said: “The sentence is extremely lenient given the traumatic injuries sustained and emotional upset experienced.
“There is no question in my mind that this warranted a custodial sentence.
“As well as the pain, suffering and emotional scarring of these staff, the public lost the services of two highly trained ambulance clinicians for a total of eight weeks.
“Those shifts had to be covered which meant overtime and additional cost to the NHS at a time when budgets are already stretched.”
Mr Marsh added: “I’m almost lost for words.
“Here we have a situation where despite the crew’s best efforts, they were both seriously assaulted – one of which resulted in the bones being broken in her wrist – and the defendant wasn’t given a custodial sentence.
“I have written to the Attorney General to ask them to review this case. I do personally feel that the sentence that has been passed is far too lenient.”
(Video courtesy of West Midlands Ambulance Service)