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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