"Right now the Government won’t fund two qualified paramedics for rural ambulances. In just a few days’ time, the Government makes its final budget decision on funding, so I need your help today if we're to fix this. Please sign my petition asking the Prime Minister for an extra $4.5m to ensure everyone working in an ambulance is clinically-qualified. Please don't let people suffer waiting for another qualified ambulance officer in a rural or provincial town like mine." - Dorothy2,418 signatures
To the Rt Hon Bill English:
I’m a rural paramedic, and I work on my own in an ambulance. This puts my patients at risk at the most vulnerable time in their lives.
Your Government just announced extra staff for rural and provincial ambulances. But most will be clinically-unqualified assistants.
Moving from working on my own to working with an assistant is a late step in the right direction. But to deliver the best patient outcomes, I need to work with another qualified officer.
Instead of saving lives you're trying to save $4.5m. Ambulance officers, patients and a 2008 government inquiry want two qualified staff in every ambulance.
Two qualified staff are essential in critical life-saving situations and where there is more than one patient. Examples include cardiac arrests, vehicle accidents and complicated births.
That's why your government funds two qualified officers in most urban areas.
Prime Minister, I can't stand for this. I've started this petition with YesWeCare.nz1 to demand you fix this dangerous plan.