Party leaders asked where they stand on ambulance crisis

Ambulance officers have called on both Labor and the LNP to state publicly whether or not they support Ambulance Officers’ campaign to fix the current crisis in the ambulance service.

United Voice wrote to Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk and LNP leader Campbell Newman asking them to make public their response to the Code One campaign.

Branch Secretary Gary Bullock said with the state election just weeks away, voters need to know whether or not supporting Ambulance Officers will be on the agenda of the next government.

“Both the LNP and Labor should be aware that this is an election issue and the public will not support a party which turns its back on our ambos,” said Mr Bullock

 “Last month we launched the Code One campaign to tackle this crisis. We wrote to both political parties outlining what Ambulance Officers want the next government to do in order to fix the problems in QAS.”

The Code One campaign calls on politicians to take action to fix all aspects of the crisis by committing to a ten point action plan which includes:

•             No privatisation of ambulance services

•             Fixing the fatigue crisis by addressing issues such as unfilled shifts, meal breaks and understaffing

•             Increasing ambulance numbers by 600 over 3 years

•             Rostering for best practice emergency dispatch and patient records

•             Introduction of professional registration

“Now is the time for both party leaders to tell the public where exactly they stand on the crisis in Queensland Ambulance Service and whether or not their party is committed to taking action to tackle this crisis if they are elected.”

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