Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Paramedics' Protest Threat

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Paramedics' Protest Threat

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AVA BENNY-MORRISON

ava.benny-morrison@apn.com.au

PARAMEDICS say they will protest outside the offices of local MPs if action is not taken to tackle the NSW Ambulance Service's roster overhaul.

A handful of paramedics from the Northern Rivers will travel to Sydney tomorrow to meet Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis and other state MPs to make their concerns heard.

The ambulance service wants to change rosters to put paramedics on a seven-days-on, two-days-off arrangement.

It is understood their shifts would be reduced from the current 10 hours to eight hours but paramedics would then be on call when their shifts ended.

The Ambulance Service claims the changes would help manage fatigue, but the Health Services Union argues the proposal would increase fatigue and put undue stress on the personal lives of paramedics.

aWe want to have the ambulance service talk to us and consult with us regarding the rosters,a Health Services Union North Coast organiser Ken McIntosh. …

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