Man charged with assaulting paramedic at Halifax hospital

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Man charged with assaulting paramedic at Halifax hospital

An ambulance leaves the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Halifax.

A Halifax man is charged with ;having assaulted a paramedic at a city hospital.

The paramedics' union says such incidents seem to be increasingly common and are asking their employer to #x27;act.

It was Friday night at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Halifax that a man allegedly assaulted a paramedic.

The Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Halifax, where a man allegedly assaulted a paramedic on Friday.

Police say a 33-year-old patient began throwing objects in the emergency room before hitting a paramedic.

He was charged with assault and assault with a weapon.

The Paramedics Union is relieved that their member was not seriously injured and is back on duty .

Kevin MacMullin is a spokesperson for the NS Paramedics Union

Kevin MacMullin is a spokesperson for the Nova Scotia Paramedic Union.

The work of a paramedic is intense, he says, and no one should be attacked at work.

You have to be safe. My members want to be able to return to their homes, to their families, after their shift, he asks.

Emergency Health Services has stated in writing that it takes every instance of employee abuse seriously.

He says the number of assaults on paramedics appears to have increased over the past year and most of them go unreported.

“People need to know that this is a situation that we do not tolerate, because if someone is one is seriously injured and cannot work, that's one less caregiver in the healthcare system, which has severe shortages at the moment.

— Kevin MacMullin, spokesperson for the NS Paramedics Union

The union would like his employer to launch an awareness campaign with the public to convey this message and to let people know that the police will be asked to intervene if necessary.

The employer , Emergency Health Services, has stated in writing that it takes every instance of employee abuse seriously and investigates and provides employee support services when it occurs. required.

Based on a report by Paul Légère

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