Friday, November 12, 2010

Outcry Over Ambulance Staff Shortages

This is the video from a new story on the ABC News tonight and the text from the same story on the abc.com.au website.

The Video

The link to The Text

Outcry Over Ambulance Staff Shortages:

Tasmania's Ambulance Service is under fire, accused of failing to provide enough staff to meet demand across the state.

Staff shortages caused the Bridgewater station in the state's south to close its doors last weekend.

The station was left unattended and on-call paramedics had to take vehicles home in case of an emergency call out.

The Health and Community Services Union claims similar incidents are frequent and have been for years because of staff shortages.

The Brighton mayor, Tony Foster, says the Bridgewater station needs two full-time paramedics.

"That's what we need to be able to, I guess, look after the community needs from here to Oatlands and we all know about the Midland Highway," he said.

"So we need to be able to go to an accident that may happen on the Midland Highway from Bridgewater, not from Glenorchy, and not from anywhere else."

The Ambulance Service is assessing staffing levels and infrastructure.

CEO Dominic Morgan says it plans to seek Government funding for additional resources over the next few years.

"Ambulance Tasmania has a significant number of strategies in place to take us in to the future," he said.

"We've just started five qualified staff, they'll be hitting the roads within the next two weeks.

"We've got another three coming on board between now and January and we have 17 officers who will graduate by December," he said.


As much as I'd like to make a personal comment about our staffing, I won't....

Til then, Be safe

2 comments:

TAZ THE AMBO said...

No comment from me either.

flobach said...

Same situation over in the West. Some major oversights been happening on a state, national and international level over the years...