Friday 6 October 2017
APA (NSW) Executive held an extraordinary meeting today to address the NSW Ambulance (NSWA) response regarding unsafe and unhealthy workplaces around the State. The New England Zone is considered ground zero for this state-wide issue.
The APA (NSW) Executive regard the communication received as vague and it does not meet the commitments promised by NSWA. Such disregard and contempt shown by NSWA about this important paramedic safety issue is unacceptable and requires an immediate response.
The APA (NSW) have constantly led the way on professional and respectful industrial relations. This is further demonstrated by your union, agreeing in good faith to extend NSWA’s deadline to provide response with respect to this issue. After allowing this extension, to still not receive an adequate response by NSWA is unacceptable.
As such, in the first instance, APA (NSW) is directing members in the New England Zone only to omit dates of birth and residential addresses from all medical records. This action will continue until revoked by the APA (NSW) Executive.
Paramedics have had enough of being ignored and expected to carry out their life-saving duties while working in sub-standard conditions. Infrastructure maintenance right across NSW is in dire need of urgent upgrade.
As this is a State-wide issue, we may call on paramedics across NSW to support each other without acceptable resolution by NSWA. We will keep you posted.
APA (NSW) Executive
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