Arming paramedics would put them in more danger, MP says

ARMING Queensland ambulance officers with tasers would be a costly mistake, says shadow health minister Mark McArdle.

The Caloundra MP made the call after a New South Wales police officer and security guard were shot during an incident at a hospital on Tuesday night.

Mr McArdle said the Palaszczuk Labor Government needed to urgently back away from the ill-conceived idea to arm Queensland Ambulance Service officers with tasers.

"Our ambulance officers should not be armed at all and any move to do so would put the safety of officers and patients at risk," Mr McArdle said.

"Unfortunately, what we have seen overnight in New South Wales is that sometimes our emergency staff fall victim to violent attacks and providing paramedics with tasers or other weapons increases the risk that they could be used against them.


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