Hospital Accident and Emergency, and Ambulance

With the expected reduction in both acts of violence and pedestrian accidents and fatalities, some relief for these hard pressed sectors is probable.

Ambulance workers will be relieved by the comparative absence of drunken ‘friends’ of patients assaulting them whilst trying to assist victims of accidents and assaults.

The 2007 Victorian Drug Statistics Handbook reports a six per cent rise in hospital inpatient visits to a massive 24,700 due to alcohol consumption.

The same report found Ambulance callouts due to drunkeness, alcohol related injury and alcohol fuelled violence more than doubled the 2002 figure at 4805 callouts.

Recent reports have pointed to such a log jam at Hospital A&E departments that patients have to wait up to one hour, in the ambulance, before a trolley can be found for them.

A massive attack on drinkers going over 08 will pay equally massive dividends at the coal face of our hospital and health care systems.

Our highly valued doctors, nurses, paramedics and other staff surely deserve our every support.

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2 Responses to Hospital Accident and Emergency, and Ambulance

  1. Wyn says:

    Violence is totally unacceptable. Whether a person has been drinking or not is largely irrelevant. There is no excuse for violent behaviour.

    These days though most people got to hospital after an incident for “observation”. In these cases going to hospital is not strictly necessary. Perhaps we should leave visits to hospital to people that genuinely need them, people that need life support and stitching up, not teenagers that feel a bit giddy and have vomited and tripped over. A change in our cotton wool approach would do more to free up overstretched hospitals than arresting non-violent adults waking home from dinner parties.

    • pedestrian08 says:

      Violence is totally unacceptable Wyn, but read around the site. You’ll see references to the physcoactive nature of the drug, that changes normal behaviour. It only takes a second Wyn. And only one punch, and although you may have had an unblemished record, you’re up on a manslaughter charge. So, dissing all the research in this area with ‘Whether a person has been drinking or not is largely irrelevant’ is just ignorant Wyn. On your ideas of reorganising triage at our hospitals, you should contact them and see if they are interested.

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