Thursday 13 April 2017
Following the update from Service Delivery yesterday that paramedics could be responded to ‘any case’ at commencement of shift which is contrary to current Work Instruction (WI) which specifies that paramedics are only to be responded to ‘urgent incidents’, APA (NSW) sought urgent clarification from the NSWA.
APA (NSW) were confident that we would have been able to resolve the matter with NSWA without the assistance of the IRC. Despite this, the matter was urgently listed by the IRC this morning at the request of another party. APA (NSW) expressed our concerns & objections with respect to paramedics being responded to ‘any case’ against the parameters of the current WI.
The IRC handed down recommendations that the parties consult further regarding aspects of the WI in disagreement. Until this occurs, the IRC recommended that paramedics can be responded to ‘any circumstance’ by the Control Centre Supervisor.
This is an opportune time to remind members that there is no expectation or obligation to commence work, including checks, prior to your rostered start time. Nor should members ignore obligations under road rules & legislation or WHS legislation.
We ask members to continue to report instances where they are directed to respond prior to having completed all commencement of shift activities.
APA (NSW) Executive
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