It’s been revealed the Gold Coast and other parts of the south east are the worst areas in the state for attacks on paramedics.
New information released by Newscorp this morning show attacks on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane make up for approximately half of all attacks in the state.
The Metro South region, which includes Logan, Beaudesert and parts of Brisbane clocked the highest amount of assaults so far this year, with 56 recorded.
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The Gold Coast came in a very close second with 54, while Metro North, which includes northern parts of Brisbane and Caboolture, came in third with 40.
The three regions together make up a total of 51 percent of attacks across the state.
In the same statistics, revealed by Newscorp, statewide attacks were found to have increased by 40 percent.
So far this year, it’s believed there have been 291 attacks on paramedics, while last year’s total for the whole year was just 301.
Queensland Ambulance Service Deputy Commissioner, Dee Taylor-Dutton, told Newscorp the numbers were appalling and authorities need to put an end to the trend.
“We do everything we can, but it hurts them and no one likes to know they could be someone else’s punching bag when they go to work – it’s not acceptable,” she said.
Ms Taylor-Dutton also said that most attacks were related to drugs, alcohol or mental health.