RECORD PARAMEDIC NUMBERS FOR WAGGA WAGGA

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Wagga Wagga will receive a record boost to its paramedic numbers with 12 new recruits to be trained and on the road within six months to strengthen frontline services.
 
Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Liberal candidate for Wagga Wagga Julia Ham said the enhancement would increase the ranks of local paramedics from 28 to 40.

“Last year, paramedics in Wagga responded to more than 9000 incidents, so this move is about ensuring we look after the people, who look after us,” Mr Hazzard said.

“The allocation of 12 extra staff will help ease paramedic fatigue, ensure their safety and of course, the safety of the critically ill or injured patients in their care.”
 
Mrs Ham said this is a great win for the local community and the single largest increase to the local ambulance workforce in Wagga’s history.

“Labor did nothing to future-proof our ambulance services in the city or the bush. Under the Liberals & Nationals, Wagga has a new station and the most paramedics ever.”

 The NSW Government announced a record investment of more than $1 billion in the 2018-19 Budget for NSW Ambulance, including an unprecedented workforce boost.
 
An extra 700 paramedics and 50 call centre staff will be deployed across NSW over the next four years, with the first 200 paramedics to start work in the next 12 months.
 
The boost in numbers makes NSW Ambulance one of the biggest services in the world.
 
NSW Ambulance Chief Executive Dominic Morgan said Wagga Wagga is one of the first communities in the State to benefit from the employment of more paramedics.
 
“Paramedics in the Murrumbidgee region have a proud track record with response times better than the state average for the highest priority cases,” Mr Morgan said.
 
“A quick response can be the difference between life and death and we expect these additional paramedics to strengthen the local workforce and reduce fatigue.”