Ambulance Services: Protective Clothing

Health written question – answered on 12th February 2014.

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Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Chair, Regulatory Reform Committee, Chair, Regulatory Reform Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what representations his Department has received from ambulance trusts on the provision of stab vests for ambulance personnel;

(2) what guidance his Department issues to ambulance trusts on the provision of stab vests for ambulance personnel.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

A search of the Department's ministerial correspondence database has not identified any correspondence received since 1 February 2013 from ambulance trusts on the provision of stab vests for ambulance personnel. This is a minimum figure which represents correspondence received by the Department's ministerial correspondence unit only.

A search of Private Office diary and correspondence records covering the same period also found no relevant meetings or correspondence.

The Department has not issued any guidance to ambulance trusts on the provision of stab vests for ambulance personnel. Decisions on providing protective equipment for ambulance service staff, whether as standard issue or following risk assessment, are for employing trusts to make.

NHS Protect can assist employers through guidance on assessing risks and acting to protect staff and, where incidents do occur, on taking action against offenders. NHS Protect also works with stakeholders to promote the safety and security of NHS staff.

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