News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Green MP in P'ston N'th to support ambulance crews

5 September 2005

Green MP in Palmerston North to support ambulance crews

Green Party Health Spokesperson Sue Kedgley is to renew calls for full crewing of ambulances at a rally in Palmerston North this morning.

Ms Kedgley is to meet 18 ambulance officers who are involved in negotiations over pay and conditions.

"The ambulance officers are calling for full crewing in all areas in New Zealand and we strongly support this, Ms Kedgley said.

"It is disgraceful that we are sending out front line ambulance staff on their own without proper support. This absurd and shortsighted policy is putting lives at risk and putting intolerable strains on ambulance officers. It is also breaching the national ambulance standard.

"Our ambulance services need to be given sufficient funding to ensure they can function effectively and safely with a full crew of two officers, one to drive and one to care for the patient. The government must provide proper funding and make ambulance officer standards mandatory," Ms Kedgley says.

"It is just unacceptable that we are seeing cases where family members are being asked to drive an ambulance while the officer is in the back resuscitating the patient.

"It is appalling that ambulance officers are being forced to choose between looking after a seriously injured person on the side of the road or driving them to hospital. And yet, ambulance officers working alone are regularly having to make this decision. This puts patients' lives at risk, and officers in a dangerous situation."

The New Zealand standard clearly states "all ambulance services providing an emergency response capability shall operate with a minimum of two crew. Each crew member must hold an Ambulance New Zealand recognised qualification."

This standard is still frequently not being met nine months after the Sustainable Funding Review for Ambulance Services, Ms Kedgley says.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>


Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news