§ Mrs. Iris Robinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service are unable to work as a result of violent attacks by(a) patients and (b) other members of the community. 
§ Mr. Browne
Since 1 January 2003 there have been 70 reported incidents of violent attacks on ambulance staff, as a result of which 7 staff have been unable to work. The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service does not differentiate between attacks by a patient or other members of the community when recording violent attacks.