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NSW AMBULANCE INCREASES PARAMEDIC NUMBERS ON NORTH COAST BUT FAILS TO PROVIDE BETTER SERVICE FOR THE COMMUNITY.

 

 

 

             

 

                NSW AMBULANCE INCREASES PARAMEDIC NUMBERS ON NORTH COAST BUT FAILS TO PROVIDE BETTER SERVICE FOR THE COMMUNITY.

 

21 March 2017

 

NOTE FOR MEDIA.

A CRISIS MEETING IS BEING HELD TODAY BETWEEN THE APA (NSW), NSW AMBULANCE AND COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES.

AUSTRALIAN PARAMEDICS ASSOCIATION (NSW) DELEGATE TODD HART WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR MEDIA INTERVIEWS AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE MEETING.

WHERE: MACLEAN AMBULANCE STATION, 56 RIVER ST, MACLEAN.

WHEN: MEETING STARTS AT 12 NOON. EXPECTED TO CONCLUDE AT 1PM FOR MEDIA CONFERENCE.

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The Australian Paramedics Association (NSW) is calling on the NSW Government to overturn a decision by NSW Ambulance to increase the number of front-line paramedics on the north coast but not provide a single additional ambulance to attend to ever increasing calls for emergency help from the community.

 

“This is a ludicrous decision by NSW Ambulance to beef up paramedic numbers but at the same time adjust rosters to eliminate night-time call outs in which paramedics attend to emergencies,” said APA (NSW) President Steve Pearce.

 

Mr Pearce, who is also a working front-line paramedic, said the roster adjustment meant the additional seven paramedics being deployed to Maclean would not result in a single extra ambulance being on the road.

 

“The local community has been crying out for extra ambulances and the crews to staff them but NSW Ambulance has used the extra paramedics to make Maclean a 24-hour ambulance station and eliminate call-outs,” said APA delegate and paramedic Todd Hart.

 

Mr Hart said the seven additional paramedics had been deployed to Maclean following complaints that ambulance response times had blown out in some cases to over an hour.

 

“There has been an explosion in population in this area but despite a major community campaign by residents of Iluka for a better ambulance service, the lives of emergency cases would continue to be put at risk,” Mr Hart said.

 

NSW Ambulance has made provision for only one ambulance at Maclean, which was frequently out of the area, transporting critically ill patients to Lismore Hospital or even across the border to Queensland.

 

“The Maclean ambulance can be away from the area for four or five hours at a time,” Mr Pearce said.

 

“It is simply not good enough for NSW Ambulance and the Berejiklian Government to be playing with people’s lives by failing to improve front-line service delivery for the local community,” he said.

 

“Under this plan, there will be no increase in the number of ambulances available and no reduction in response times.”

 

Local APA contact Todd Hart 0468755495

 

Media contact John Hill 0412197079

 

 

APA (NSW) represents the vast majority of paramedics working for NSW Ambulance. President Steve Pearce and Secretary Gary Wilson are working full-time paramedics.

 

 

 

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