In response to increasing incidents of injury to paramedics caused by bystanders or patients, there has been a call for mandatory prison sentences for those convicted of assaulting paramedics and emergency service workers generally. Governments, particularly the state government in Victoria have responded promising that people will be sent to gaol (The Hon. Daniel Andrews MP, Premier, ‘Laws To Be Fixed So Jail Means Jail For Emergency Worker Attacks’, 22 May 20181). The call was particularly vocal after the Victorian County Court ordered two women to serve community correction orders rather than gaol time after pleading guilty to a particularly vicious assault in 2016 that has left the paramedic victim still unable to work (DPP v Warren and Underwood  VCC 6892).
|Number of pages||10|
|Specialist publication||Response: The Journal of Paramedics Australasia|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|