Work is well underway towards double crewing all emergency road ambulances by 2021, with services in Te Awamutu on track to be double crewed in the coming months, National MP for Taranaki-King Country Barbara Kuriger says.
“This is great news for New Zealand, and especially great news for Taranaki-King Country. The 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 well-being of our dedicated ambulance staff,” Ms Kuriger says.
“St John identified Te Awamutu as a centre to start the roll-out of double crewing of all emergency road ambulance call-outs across the country. “Four emergency medical assistants have been recruited in the Te Awamutu area. These recruits will work with
“Four emergency medical assistants have been recruited in the Te Awamutu area. These recruits will work with existing crew to ensure all emergency road ambulance call-outs will be double crewed in the coming months.
The Government has invested $59.2 million over the next four years to ensure all emergency road ambulance call outs are double crewed by 2021.
An extra $21 million has been allocated through Vote Health to support air ambulance services, emergency road ambulance services and ambulance communications centres over the next four years.
“The investment will see 375 new emergency medical and paramedic roles created across the country and 73 within the Central West region.
“National is focused on getting patients the care they need when they need it, and our ambulance services have a key role to play in this,” Ms Kuriger says.