More Protection Needed For Ambos Following Two Assaults

by Ted Sorensen
  • Two separate assaults on paramedics highlight need for action from Labor to protect health workers
  • Labor continues to ignore pleas for stronger measures to protect paramedics
  • The LNP is calling for a trial of body cameras for paramedics

The LNP Opposition has called for more action to prevent attacks on paramedics and health workers, following two separate incidents in the last 24 hours which saw workers spat on and threatened.

Shadow Health Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the two attacks in Surfers Paradise and Caboolture reaffirmed calls for stronger measures to be implemented to stamp out shocking attacks on Queensland’s frontline ambulance officers.

“It’s completely unacceptable for anyone to threaten and assault our front line health staff who are risking their own safety to save the lives of other Queenslanders,” Mr Langbroek said.

“Labor’s commitment to protecting our paramedics and health workers is called into question when assaults continue to occur on a regular basis.”

“These latest assaults show paramedics continue to face danger on a daily basis, while Labor continues to sit on its hands and ignore calls for heightened protection measures.”

“The LNP Government took a strong, zero tolerance approach to those who assault our nurses, doctors and paramedics, doubling the penalty for assaulting health workers to 14 years imprisonment.”

Mr Langbroek said Labor has repeatedly ignored calls from the LNP to introduce measures which would protect paramedics, including the trial of body cameras.

“Health Minister Cameron Dick brushed off the LNP’s idea to trial the use of body cameras for ambos, which would provide video evidence of any assaults,” he said.

“By not supporting the implementation of body cameras, it leaves paramedics and health workers vulnerable to further attacks. Our health workers deserve to have the government exploring every avenue to ensure that they can work in a safe environment.”

“It’s also encouraging that after months of pressure from the Opposition, the State Government embarked on a public awareness campaign to bring the issue of violence and aggression towards health workers to the public’s attention.”

Key facts:

  • From June 2014 to June 2015 there was a 36 per cent increase in the number of health staff being kicked, hit and injured.
  • The LNP Government doubled the penalty for assaulting health workers in 2014 to a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment.
  • The LNP pushed the case for greater protection and awareness of the issue of paramedic assaults via a petition in December 2015.

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