Today’s announcement by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Health Minister Yvette D’Ath of an additional 200 Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics will create a meaningful difference to ambulance officers working throughout Queensland.
United Workers Union National Ambulance Coordinator Fiona Scalon said union members across the state welcome this significant boost to QAS staffing.
“Two hundred additional ambulance staff will help take the pressure off emergency service workers and go a long way to addressing some of the major concerns of our members, most importantly their ability to finish on time and access breaks throughout their shifts,” Ms Scalon said.
“Additional QAS bodies will bolster the day-to-day provision of ambulance services in our community and facilitate the greater likelihood of ambulance staff overcoming a cycle of burn out and exhaustion from lengthy shifts.
“United Workers Union has been calling on the Government for a commitment of this kind, so our members are very pleased with today’s announcement and congratulate the Government on this momentous commitment.
“Our members have been working under the toughest of conditions across the state since Covid and have told us it is an inability to finish work on time that is most high on workers’ list of concerns. More ambulance staff means more workers on the ground to reinforce what has been a highly stretched workforce.”
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