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Paramedics hit by "disgusting attack" while helping patient

A DAY after the Queensland government announced it would launch a new advertising campaign following a spate of attacks on paramedics, two paramedics were assaulted and their ambulance rammed in a "disgusting attack" while going to the aid of a patient in Melbourne's north.

The ABC reports that paramedics were called to Hobbs Crescent in Reservoir about 6.30pm on Thursday, when they were set upon by three people as they tried to treat the patient.

 

One paramedic suffered a suspected broken foot, cuts and bruises after he was kicked, punched and repeatedly knocked to the ground by a man and two women.

Another paramedic was struck to the head when she went to the aid of her colleague.

The attackers then got into their car and rammed the ambulance before speeding from the scene.

On Thursday Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick said the "Zero Tolerance: No Excuse For Abuse" campaign was aimed at stamping out violent assaults on paramedics.

Around 3300 health workers in Queensland have been assaulted on duty in the past 12 months alone.

On Friday afternoon it was reported that a 15-year-old boy has been arrested and was being questioned over the attack on the paramedic in Melbourne.

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