State Budget’s investment in essential services welcomed

State Budget’s investment in essential services welcomed

United Voice welcomes a boost to the numbers of paramedics and health professionals, measures to improve officer safety in prisons, and extra teacher aides, all announced in today’s State Budget.

United Voice Coordinator Fiona Scalon said the extra 200 paramedics, along with a 250 boost to the number of health professionals and upgrades to key hospitals, will help to ease pressure on health services.

“We welcome today’s announcement that delivers Budget record boosts to health. It will ease much of the pressure and fatigue many health professionals have been subjected to due to under-resourcing in the sector,” she said.

“Insufficient paramedic numbers have had ambulance services straining at the seams as they struggled to keep up with population growth and winter flu spikes in many parts of the state.

“Our members have been vocal over recent months that they are desperately in need of extra resources.

“The 200 extra paramedics announced today will go a long way to ensure enough ambulance crews are adequately staffed and on the road attending to the emergency needs of Queenslanders.

“Our communities deserve the comfort in knowing a well-resourced and responsive ambulance service is ready when they call.

“We commend Health Minister Steven Miles and the Palaszczuk Government for acting decisively to resource on-road emergency medical services – doubling last year’s allocation of paramedics.

“However, we are still waiting on the Federal LNP Government to step up and fund more than $1.6 billion they have ripped out of our hospitals.

“The Federal Government needs to put back the funding it slashed out of hospitals and realise more funding is needed to meet increasing demand for health services across the country.”

United Voice Queensland President Sharron Caddie said the union also welcomed measures in response to Taskforce Flaxton to transfer Queensland’s two privately-run prisons into public operation to improve officer safety and prisoner ratios. 

“This is something our members have been calling for and is a sign the government is serious about safety,” she said. 

“The announcement of 200 extra teacher aides to work in several new schools also indicates the government is aware it needs to allocate resources to services where expanding communities are creating extra demand.

“Teacher aides play an important role supporting students in our education system.”