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Drink-related incidents are number one call out for Richmond paramedics
Paramedics in Richmond are being called out hundreds of times to deal with the repercussions of binge drinking and violence, including assaults on women and teenagers.
London Ambulance Service figures showed alcohol was the number one reason for paramedics to be on borough’s streets between September 2011 and September this year.
Ambulance workers attended 840 binge drinking callouts, the figures collated by the service show.
Ambulances were also called to 720 assaults during the same period, including 219 against women and 93 against teenagers.
Councillor Christine Percival, cabinet member for health, said the binge drinking and assault callouts could be related and that it would take a joined up approach with police to reduce them.
She said: “It’s awful because when someone is really ill and needs an ambulance it’s not helpful.
“It’s difficult because I think a lot of people come from out of the borough to enjoy themselves and have a drink.
“I know that we are as far as public health is concerned we are aware that drink related problems is not as good as it might be.
“Liver disease and that sort of thing is not as good as it could be. We are aware of this and are doing something about it.”
In August this year London Ambulance Service responded to 70 per cent of Richmond calls that were immediately life-threatening within eight minutes. The target is 75 per cent.
Total callouts (September 2011- September 2013)
Binge drinking 840
Total assaults 720
Assaults on women 219
Assaults on teens 93
Gun injuries 4
Knife injuries 20
Injuries by animals 21
Cocaine overdoses 7
Heroin overdoses 3
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