Ambulance double-crewing progresses

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THE Government has indicated work done to have all St John ambulances double-crewed by paid paramedics and emergency medical personnel is on schedule, but when it will happen here has yet to be determined.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said work was well under way towards double-crewing all emergency road ambulances by 2021.

“Double-crewing of all emergency road ambulances will help ensure patients get the best available care when they need it. It also enhances the safety and wellbeing of our dedicated ambulance staff,” Dr Coleman said.

The Central East region of St John will have 65 additional paramedic and medical emergency staff appointed as part of the process.

Central East takes in Taupo, Turangi, Rotorua, Tauranga, Whakatane, Wairoa, Gisborne and the East Coast.

“Services in Taupo, Turangi and Te Awamutu are on track to be double-crewed in the coming months,” Dr Coleman said.

A total of 375 new emergency medical and paramedic roles will be created across the country over the next four years at a cost of more than $59 million.

“This will be particularly beneficial for regional and rural communities,” the minister said.

“Recruitment is under way in St John’s next group of regional priority areas, set to be double-crewed by the end of the year, which include Tokoroa, Ohakune, Timaru, Westport, and Whangarei.”

St John central regional spokeswoman Karen London said how and when the move was to be extended to Gisborne was yet to be determined.

“The process takes time and the first step is reviewing each ambulance station across the country.

“One size does not fit all and we will be talking with local communities and our people on the ground to find the best approach in each area,” she said.

“We have been able to announce first steps for this year and will be making further announcements as we progress through the phases over the next couple of years.”

THE Government has indicated work done to have all St John ambulances double-crewed by paid paramedics and emergency medical personnel is on schedule, but when it will happen here has yet to be determined.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said work was well under way towards double-crewing all emergency road ambulances by 2021.

“Double-crewing of all emergency road ambulances will help ensure patients get the best available care when they need it. It also enhances the safety and wellbeing of our dedicated ambulance staff,” Dr Coleman said.

The Central East region of St John will have 65 additional paramedic and medical emergency staff appointed as part of the process.

Central East takes in Taupo, Turangi, Rotorua, Tauranga, Whakatane, Wairoa, Gisborne and the East Coast.

“Services in Taupo, Turangi and Te Awamutu are on track to be double-crewed in the coming months,” Dr Coleman said.

A total of 375 new emergency medical and paramedic roles will be created across the country over the next four years at a cost of more than $59 million.

“This will be particularly beneficial for regional and rural communities,” the minister said.

“Recruitment is under way in St John’s next group of regional priority areas, set to be double-crewed by the end of the year, which include Tokoroa, Ohakune, Timaru, Westport, and Whangarei.”

St John central regional spokeswoman Karen London said how and when the move was to be extended to Gisborne was yet to be determined.

“The process takes time and the first step is reviewing each ambulance station across the country.

“One size does not fit all and we will be talking with local communities and our people on the ground to find the best approach in each area,” she said.

“We have been able to announce first steps for this year and will be making further announcements as we progress through the phases over the next couple of years.”

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