World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 22 Mar, 2021 01:45 am

Australian paramedic details staffing crisis in New South Wales

Australian paramedic details staffing crisis in New South Wales
Ambulance workers are forced to skip breaks, cut corners on mandatory checks and work while fatigued.

A recent report by the federal Productivity Commission revealed that the New South Wales (NSW) Ambulance service lags behind the national average in per-capita funding as well as every measure of patient satisfaction.Instead, the ambulance service has introduced part-time and contract work, with no permanent security for the workforce.” A “day of action” was organised on February 26 in response to moves by the NSW Ambulance service to employ graduate interns on a part-time-only basis.“The APA has meetings with the ambulance service where they express their opposition.

Staffing levels fell compared to population in NSW.While the number of full-time equivalent positions increased by 39 percent across the country during the decade, NSW staffing levels grew by only 18 percent.

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