Paramedic bashed

Yet an­other at­tack on a 000 hero

Herald Sun - - NEWS - GRANT McARTHUR grant.mcarthur@news.com.au @mcarthurg

A PARAMEDIC was ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing punched in the face and spat on by a pa­tient he was help­ing.

The male paramedic was re­cov­er­ing at home last night af­ter be­ing put in hos­pi­tal with back in­juries sus­tained in an at­tack by a man in his 20s.

An am­bu­lance was called to a home in Ep­ping about 12.40am yes­ter­day when the man be­come un­con­scious af­ter drink­ing an ex­cess of al­co­hol.

How­ever, as the pa­tient woke he be­came ag­gres­sive and abu­sive be­fore spit­ting at the paramedics. Af­ter se­dat­ing the pa­tient they were wheel­ing him on a stretcher to the am­bu­lance when the pa­tient lunged at one, punch­ing him in the face.

The punch also caused the stretcher to tip, prompt­ing the paramedic to try to stop the man fall­ing and in­jur­ing his own back in the process.

Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria spokesman Mick Stephen­son said the paramedic was ex­pected to be off work for a fort­night re­cov­er­ing from his in­juries.

“It is a very serous is­sue for us,” he said.

“Once ev­ery two or three days a paramedic is ac­tu­ally phys­i­cally as­saulted to the point where they are harmed.

“Af­ter the re­sult in court the other day and af­ter this in­ci­dent, I would ex­pect our paramedics to be far more cau­tious and, as a con­se­quence, not at­tend pa­tients whom they sus­pect may be dan­ger­ous.”

De­spite the in­ci­dent, the am­bu­lance crew still trans­ported the pa­tient to hos­pi­tal.

But the in­jured paramedic had to be ad­mit­ted him­self for pain man­age­ment and fur­ther as­sess­ment.

Vic­to­ria Po­lice said no­body had been charged over the in­ci­dent, which comes as the An­drews Gov­ern­ment prom­ises to toughen penal­ties for thugs who hurt emer­gency ser­vices work­ers.

The fresh crack­down fol­lows out­rage over a judge’s de­ci­sion on Tues­day to quash jail terms for two women who attacked a paramedic.

Amanda War­ren, 31, and Caris Un­der­wood, 20, who were both drunk, punched and kicked Paul Judd as he at­tended a pa­tient in Reser­voir in April 2016, break­ing bones in his foot. Af­ter three op­er­a­tions, he still can­not work.

On ap­peal, their jail terms were this week re­placed with Com­mu­nity Cor­rec­tions Or­ders af­ter County Court judge Barbara Cot­terell said jail­ing them would “achieve lit­tle”.

The Aus­tralian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion Vic­to­ria lashed the sen­tence yes­ter­day, call­ing on the An­drews Gov­ern­ment to do more to pro­tect emer­gency and health­care work­ers.

“A strong mes­sage must be sent through the ju­di­cial sys­tem that any vi­o­lence is un­ac­cept­able and that any such acts will be met with the man­dated penalty,” an AMA Vic­to­ria state­ment said.

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