Today’s announcement that almost $40million will be added to ambulance services in Queensland is a great first step, but more investment is needed to iron out all the problems within the service according to United Voice – the ambulance union.
The Palaszczuk Government officially announced the budget boost today, with Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick saying the funding would go towards an additional 75 paramedics state-wide, and 155 new and replacement vehicles state-wide.
There was also a significant commitment to upgrading ambulance facilities across the state.
Funding boosts that allow for more paramedics in Queensland are welcome, which is why they are one of the key asks of our Code One campaign.
This announcement is a great first step and there’ll be many communities across the state which will benefit significantly from it.
Our Code One 10-point plan asked for funding for an additional 600 paramedics across the state over three years and we still firmly believe that’s the level of commitment needed to revive the Queensland Ambulance Service and again deliver the service Queenslanders expect.
We’d hope to see today’s announcement built on in future budgets from the Palaszczuk Government so that we can continue to build Australia's best ambulance service.
United Voice’s Code One campaign is designed to revive the ambulance service and patient care and calls on politicians to help fix the ambulance fatigue crisis and reduce resourcing issues.