LABOR OFFERS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT ON BODY CAMERAS FOR PARAMEDICS TRIAL

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NSW Labor today offered its in-principle bipartisan support for calls by paramedics for a formal trial of specially fitted body cameras.

 

NSW Labor today offered its in-principle bipartisan support for calls by paramedics for a formal trial of specially fitted body cameras.

This follows attacks this week on Illawarra paramedics including one on a female paramedic on Tuesday night.

It also follows calls for a trial by the Health Services Union (HSU) NSW/ACT branch secretary Gerard Hayes.

NSW Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for the Illawarra, Ryan Park, and Shadow Health Minister, Walt Secord, said they were willing to work with the Berejiklian Government and Health Minister Brad Hazzard to improve safety for hard-working paramedics.

NSW Labor said it would support legislation or a change to government regulation to expedite the trial, if necessary.

Mr Park said: "The HSU has asked for body cams similar to what is available to police here and overseas. The NSW Parliament is expected to resume early next month so we stand ready to help."

Mr Secord said: "We are ready to support them in a trial of body cameras. Anyone who attacks a paramedic is the lowest of the low; lower than a snake’s belly."

"Paramedics have enough to worry about trying to save people’s lives in emergency situations; rather than concentrating on protecting themselves from assaults."

Last year, the NSW Ambulance Commissioner reported that there were about three assaults a week on NSW paramedics.

 

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