New rail medic trial is privatisation by stealth

New rail medic trial is privatisation by stealth

A new plan to trial profit-driven medics at inner-city train stations has been labelled ‘privatisation by stealth’ by the union that represents Queensland’s paramedics.

United Voice Queensland Secretary Gary Bullock said the Palaszczuk Government needed to answer to the state’s thousands of ambulance officers who were left in the dark on this week’s announcement.

“This feels scarily like we are back in the days of Campbell Newman where consultation with stakeholders is done via the media,” Mr Bullock said.

“It’s disappointing for our members to find out that Minister Bailey is bringing in private medics to be part of this trial, rather than our state’s own frontline services.

“Mark Bailey needs to explain to Queensland ambulance officers why this government is choosing to outsource their essential skills to a profit-driven private company.

“If the Minister continues to show this straight up arrogance, he will find it hard to get any support from our ambos in the future.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk and her Ministers went to the last election promising to be open and transparent, and they need to stick to their principles.

“Queenslanders don’t want their essential services to be privatised and this government needs to listen to that.

“We call on the Premier and the Minister to end this privatisation by stealth.”