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Posted 6 Feb '18

APA (NSW) Member Update – Off Stretcher Work Instruction 

APA (NSW) Member Update

Off Stretcher Work Instruction 

Wednesday 7 February 2018

Dear Member,

For all the rhetoric of well-being the NSWA have promoted, they are still unable to support paramedics with the basics required. Paramedics in Sydney, as with many paramedics in some regional areas, are expected to work their entire shifts without any breaks. Adding insult to this situation is the work instruction released last month, which introduced off stretcher time frames without consultation. 

Paramedics are rightly frustrated at such a move from an employer that claims to have the well-being of paramedics as a top priority but continues to overlook their needs at every opportunity.   

APA (NSW) representatives met yesterday with NSWA to discuss the Recording of Delayed Available (Off Stretcher) Status Work Instruction. The meeting was positive with NSWA wanting time to consider their position. In the meantime, paramedics are continuing to serve the community, often at their own personal cost. APA (NSW) would like to remind each paramedic that you are the most important factor in ensuring that patients continue to receive world class care. 

APA (NSW)’s remains committed to our members safety and fighting fatigue. As such, whilst NSWA considers their position, we continue to instruct members to disregard the new work instruction Any member who may be intimidated or pressured by NSWA management as a result is to contact their APA (NSW) delegate immediately. 

APA (NSW) Executive 

The Paramedics Union

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