Alleged assault of paramedic

An alleged punch-on between a paramedic and a Moe man on Saturday is under police investigation.

Moe Police Sergeant Ben McWilliam said the incident occurred about 11.30pm in Haig Street, Moe after an ambulance was called to assist the 25 year-old Moe patient with breathing difficulties in Eden Street.

Sgt McWilliam said upon loading the man into the ambulance vehicle, the patient became aggressive and punched one of the paramedics.

He said the ambulance pulled over and asked the patient to leave.

“Refusing to leave the ambulance and the paramedic fearing further assault, defended himself by punching the patient and knocking him out,” Sgt McWilliam said.

“The male was then restrained, sedated and the ambulance activated the duress alarm. Police then attended the scene and assisted paramedics.”

Sgt McWilliam said the patient was due to speak to police upon release from Latrobe Regional Hospital where he is suffering facial bruising.

He said the paramedic had provided a statement to police and sustained minor bruising and a lump on the head.

Ambulance Victoria Gippsland regional manager Mick Stephenson said he was unable to comment on the specifics of the case as it was under police investigation.

Mr Stephenson said physical and verbal assaults were totally unacceptable and would continue to push for charges to be laid against anyone who endangered their employees.

“We always have the best interest of patients at heart, but Ambulance Victoria does not tolerate violence, threats or abuse towards our paramedics,” Mr Stephenson said.

“Paramedics undertake aggression and assault training, which includes how to identify potentially dangerous situations and take adequate actions to ensure their safety.”