Queensland’s paramedics are calling on the newly sworn-in Palaszczuk Government to put their money where their mouth is and deliver on election commitments for more ambulance resources in the state budget next week.
United Workers Union ambulance member Rachelle Owen said the Labor Government had made a lot of promises during the election campaign, but now was the time to put words into action.
“As ambulance officers, we’ve been on the frontline through COVID-19, working around the clock to keep our communities safe and healthy across the state,” she said.
“We need to make sure we have proper resources and funding so we can continue to keep up with the growing demand for our essential services.
“During the election, we heard a number of commitments from Labor, including more paramedics, new and upgraded stations, and sufficient vehicle numbers.
“Now we want to see the funding for these commitments in black and white in next week’s budget.”
United Workers Union National Ambulance Coordinator Fiona Scalon said union members had been calling for more resourcing throughout the year, to build on boosted paramedic numbers over the previous term of government.
“Talk is cheap during an election, now it’s time for action,” Ms Scalon said.
“Our message to Queensland’s new health minister Yvette D’ath is simple: put your money where your mouth is and deliver on your commitments to fund our ambulance services.”