Wednesday 11 October 2017
APA (NSW) attended the IRC today to continue discussions about the unacceptable station conditions that we have to endure.
APA (NSW) President, Chris Kastelan, provided examples of the conditions that leave us to feel undervalued and the frustrations that lead to the action of last week. Chris also mentioned that we a greatly concerned that there seems to be a systematic inability by NSWA to provide a structured infrastructure maintenance program.
The discussions can be categorised as being very productive, with Chief Commissioner Kite acknowledging that some of the station conditions are not acceptable. NSWA have now committed to undertaking some of the more urgent work by 30 November 2017; this is a vast improvement of their original deadline of 30 June 2018.
The IRC also recommended that there be localised committees that allow for oversight into the infrastructure works. APA (NSW) is expecting that the New England committee will be the first to form which will be able to provide meaningful and productive discussions for priorities in that area, with other Zones in the state to follow.
This is a great outcome for the paramedics of NSW, but there still remains work to be done.
Stations such as Ashford, Wee Waa and Armidale have been examples of years of neglect, and we know they are not the only stations that have been forgotten. If you have examples of neglect at your station please send photos (with a brief description) to firstname.lastname@example.org
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