Calls for More Paramedics in the Central West

Calls for More Paramedics in the Central West

By Jay-Anna Mobbs


There have been calls for more paramedics to join central west ambulances as latest figures reveal the current response times to serious emergencies is below average.

The April-June 2017 Bureau of Health Information report found the response times for local ambulances to arrive at a scene 30 minutes after a call was made, is 92.3 percent of the time.

The state average for the same response is 95 percent accuracy.

Craig Parsons, president of Central West sub-branch of the Health Services Union, said the limited number of paramedics means staff are battling to get to patients faster.

“We are above the national bench mark because we do not have the crews,” Mr Parsons said.

It is often the case that smaller community ambulances such as Blayney and Molong crews, have to travel to bigger towns in the event of an emergency.

This is also believed to be another contributing factor as to why central west ambulance crews are below average.

“Crews are having to travel further distances to respond to calls,” Mr Parsons said.

The HSU latest figures indicated at least 25 more paramedics were need to properly crew the area.

Steve Pearce from the Australian Paramedics Association said by numbering the crews properly, there is a better chance of saving more lives.

“We can do better in NSW and save more lives if we had enough paramedics to meet the ever-increasing demand,” Mr Pearce said.

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