NZ Herald nzherald.co.nz 29 Apr, 2021 00:00 am

Government told to include fully funded ambulance services in health reform

Government told to include fully funded ambulance services in health reform
Rolling ambulance services into Health NZ is vital, a union spokesperson says.

Rolling ambulance services into Health NZ is vital, a First Union spokesperson says.Rolling the services into Health NZ was key, he said." The "quasi-charity funding model" which St John operated under would never be accepted for emergency departments and other health services, Abbott said."It's not just about the 30 per cent covering in terms of the full funding, it's about them being responsible for the service that's being provided and it doesn't make sense to us that the current ambulance service is contracted out when all other health services are conducted in house.

"It's our view that by bringing it in house we will get more consistency in terms of how [ambulance services] are brought to the public.In a statement to RNZ it said it hoped improvements to ambulance services would be an important part of the healthcare reform.

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