OUR SAY: Assaults against health professionals on the rise
PARAMEDICS and nurses are rightly some of the most revered people and professions in our society.
Almost all of us have a story about how nurses helped us during a crisis or when paramedics got to the scene just in time.
But it is these people who are coming under greater threat each and every year both inside and outside hospital when dealing with the public.
People come to our hospitals needing help after suffering injuries while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
Their behaviour while under the influence of these substances is unpredictable at best and terrifying at worst.
People may claim to have reduced responsibility for their behaviour while they are drunk or otherwise intoxicated.
I'm afraid I simply don't agree with that.
If you can't control your behaviour when you drink alcohol, that's a pretty good indicator that you should stop drinking.
And illicit drugs are nothing but a drain on our society and our health system.
We need to offer more protection for people who are simply doing their jobs.