Paramedic staffing level battle continues

PARAMEDICS in NSW could walk off the job in a historical state-wide strike next week as the battle over staffing levels escalates.

The Health Services Union is calling for an extra 700 paramedics to be rostered on across NSW and claims the State Government's plan to boost emergency response crews with firefighters will expose the community to "an unacceptable level of risk".

Hundreds of paramedics are expected at rallies beginning next Friday and HSU Secretary Gerard Hayes believes members will vote to strike.

"Our members are on the frontlines every day and we see patient care suffer as response times blow out due to the State Government imposed staff freeze," Mr Hayes said.

"Only a clinically trained paramedic can arrive at an emergency with the tools and knowledge necessary to keep a suffering patient alive."



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