Is mandatory jail the best response to patient violence?

Last year's law change in Victoria means more health workers could be dragged into criminal trials, says barrister
Ambulance officers

Minimum jail sentences don’t protect health professionals from assault by patients but may “double-traumatise” them by sending more cases to trial, a barrister and lecturer says.

In 2018, the Victorian Government passed laws to crack down on patients who attacked doctors, paramedics or nurses delivering “emergency-like care”, removing the special circumstances that had allowed judges to impose non-custodial sentences.