Paramedics strike for more resources and higher pay

New South Wales paramedics have gone on strike for more resources and higher pay.

New South Wales paramedics refused calls to leave their own stations to fill roster gaps for 24 hours.

Despite the 24-hour strike, paramedics said patients would not be affected by the move.

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Australian Paramedics Association NSW president Chris Kastelan told 9 News the strike was organized to address a lack of resources.

“We will continue to show up, care for patients and respond to Triple Zero calls. Our action deliberately targets NSW Ambulance’s lack of resources, without compromising patient or community care,” he said.

Today’s strike is the second industrial action by paramedics in the past year.

According to Kastelan, ambulance response times have dropped dramatically over the past 10 years.

“Of comparable states, New South Wales has the worst paramedic to population ratio and the worst per capita spending. Our ambulance response times have deteriorated by more than 40% over the past decade. Something must change”, he said.

“We urgently need 1,500 more paramedics just to bring staffing ratios in line with other states.

The government must step up, listen to frontline workers and invest in better outcomes. »

The strike comes as nurses across the state are considering their own strike, with healthcare workers seeking a 4.75% pay rise and better nurse-to-staff ratios.

Nurses must vote on a strike for March 31 which is expected to last at least 24 hours.

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