Ambulance industrial action set for tonight as the system ‘can’t cope’
Paramedics will bring industrial action forward to tonight as ramping and under-resourcing reaches breaking point.
Ambulances are receiving at least 500 more triple zero calls daily, compared with figures prior to the pandemic.
The state government is considering a plan to use taxis to transport patients to GPs and pharmacies, rather than hospitals.
NSW Ambulance Assistant Commissioner Claire Leech told Jim Wilson, staff are at their wit’s end.
“Everyone has been working so hard now for over 2 years,” she said.
NSW Shadow Minister for Health Ryan Park believes the government has dropped the ball with its handling of the situation.
“It’s now putting lives at risk.”
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Jim Wilson has weighed in on the ordeal with his own thoughts.
“This is a disgrace and no wonder our paramedics are fed up with these terrible work conditions and lack of resources, you’ve got to feel for them and the same goes for those working the phones in the control centers, this is simply not good enough,” he said.
“To the Premier and Health Minister, the system is broken, fix the mess otherwise lives will be lost, paramedics will leave the job and it’s a crisis that will end the government’s chances of winning the election.”
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