Ambos to protest changes

PARAMEDICS across the Northern Rivers will don fluoro yellow safety vests while on duty tomorrow in protest over the lack of staffing and new rostering changes.

The changes rolled out across regional NSW last month reduce paramedics' shift hours from 10 to eight but increase their time on call, something the Health Services Union HSU claims puts the lives of the public and paramedics at risk.

HSU acting Industrial Services manager Tom Steanja said the statewide protest called for the 770 paramedics to address staff shortages.

"The protest highlights the frustration of paramedics across NSW and is a call for an increase in staffing across NSW," he said.

The NSW Ambulance Service said it would review the workability of the new rosters after three months and take into account the desire of paramedics to work particular days and work to minimise non-urgent hospital transfers.

In a statement the NSW Ambulance Service said it was disappointed unions had ignored a direction by the Industrial Relations Commission not to organise or participate in any industrial action over the rosters.



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