Another 250 paramedics are required to maintain on-road ambulance services to cover ramped crews stuck outside over-stretched emergency departments, according to United Voice, the union representing Queensland Ambulance Officers.
United Voice Queensland Secretary Gary Bullock called on the State Government to fund the extra positions, to make up for health funding ripped out by the Federal Government.
“The Federal Government has ripped millions in funding out of the health sector at a time when more funding is needed to meet increasing demand for health services across the country,” he said.
“This is making it harder and harder for our members to do their job of responding to people in the community in their time of need.
“Instead, ambulance officers are getting stuck on hospital ramps to fill in the gap in hospital ward and emergency department services.
“We don’t want any more buck passing. The State Government needs to step in and fund 250 more ambulance officer positions immediately to relieve this pressure and get our paramedics back out where they belong.”
United Voice Queensland Ambulance Delegate Torrin Nelson said it was getting more and more difficult for paramedics to do their job properly due to increasing demand for emergency services.
“We estimate that another 250 more paramedics are required keep enough ambulance crews adequately staffed and on the road attending to the emergency needs of Queenslanders,” he said.
“We welcome Federal Labor’s recent commitments to expanding Cairns Hospital’s Emergency Department and building an urgent specialist care centre at Logan.
“These commitments will go a long way towards alleviating ramping issues in these localities, but more needs to be done.”