Doctors and health care leaders today announced a new development in the options for future hospital services in mid and south Essex.
Attacks On NHS Staff In Essex Hospitals Up 65%
Heart has discovered there's been a 65% increase in recorded assaults on NHS hospital staff in Essex over the past five years.
After there were 331 recorded assaults in the county, Heart spoke to Dill Patell, a senior paramedic at the East of England Ambulance Service.
Mr Patell who's based in Southend told Heart he was assaulted last summer, after treating a man who asked him for a lift.
He described it: "I see him look over at me and I see him giving me eye contact. He towered over the police, he stood up and chinned me one. A police officer showed me a bite mark he had on his hand."
"We get threatened where we know it's not an empty threat. A few times I've had to run, pick up the pace more than once. I got threatened with a hammer once. A guy chased me and I had to just drop my kit."
But Mr Patell added he forgives the man who hit him: "I almost sympathise with him - he's done something stupid, I like to think it wasn't personal. He was almost certainly drunk and I;m pretty sure he regrets doing it. He's had to do different work so it's had a pretty reasonable impact on his life."
The East of England Ambulance Service Staff have been subjected to attacks with 155 assaults last year across the East.
Residents are being urged to give their views on the Chelmsford City Growth Package.
A group of 12 men from Essex have been jailed for more than 40 years for a violent attack on a football fan.
Essex Police are carrying out a crack down on knife crime this week.
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