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


Ambulance rules need shake up

6 September 2005

Parents' ordeals show ambulance rules need shake up

Two more recent incidents where parents have had to stand in for ambulance officers to get their children safely to hospital highlight yet again the ambulance crewing crisis and the risk it poses to New Zealanders, Sue Kedgley says.

The Green Health Spokesperson heard a number of such stories when she met ambulance officers at an industrial action rally in Palmerston North yesterday. In one case, where a seriously injured 10-year-old boy had been hit by a truck on SH1 near Mangaweka, the ambulance was driven to a rescue chopper by a stressed and inexperienced-in-a-large-vehicle parent. In the other, where a six-year-old girl had a suspected appendicitis, her mother had to monitor her drip in the back as the ambulance travelled from Waiouru to Palmerston North Hospital.

"Ambulance officers estimate that about 40 percent of all ambulances go out on their own without any assistance, with many unable to offer full emergency services as a result," Ms Kedgley says.

"Often they have to wait around for another ambulance to arrive, and ambulance officers on their own are sometimes put at risk from violence and assault.

"This is a shocking and unsafe situation, which is putting the lives of New Zealanders at risk. It is also a clear breach of the National Ambulance Standard, which stipulates that all ambulances providing an emergency response capability shall operate with a minimum of two crew, and that each crew members must have a recognised Ambulance New Zealand qualification."

Ms Kedgley says she pledged to ambulance officers yesterday that she would introduce a Private Members Bill giving legal force to the voluntary National Ambulance Standard, so that it was mandatory for all ambulances to be fully crewed.

"The situation is ridiculous. Ambulance officers are front-line health professionals, and yet there is no mandatory national standard governing them, or enough funding to make full crewing possible.

"Double crewing and ambulance standards must become mandatory, and our ambulance services given enough funding to ensure they can function and safely with properly trained crews," 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