11 April 2006
More staff and union consultation called for on Ambulance changes
A union representing ambulance officers in the North Island is calling for more information and more consultation on restructuring plans announced by St Johns today.
NDU National Secretary, Laila Harré, says that despite requests for staff and unions to be involved in the development of any proposals, plans announced today “have had no frontline input and the month-long consultation period is woefully inadequate.”
The changes will see some services contracted out, others merged and administration centralised while senior management remains regionalised.
“With ambulance crews working at their limits and full crewing of ambulances desperately needed the question needs to be asked why resources will continue to spent on regional management structures that might be better applied to getting more frontline staff?”