ILLAWARRA PATIENTS AT RISK IF AMBULANCE SERVICE IS PRIVATISED

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The Health Services Amendment (Ambulance Services) Bill is due to be debated in the NSW Parliament today, if successful this Bill will allow for non-government organisations to provide non-emergency patient transport services.

Shadow Minister for the Illawarra Ryan Park said that this was a political decision to fit within the Liberal-National privatisation of some aspects of the NSW health system. 

“The Minister for Health has failed to provide detail surrounding what safety measures she will put in place to ensure the safety of local patients” Mr Park said.

“What I don’t want to see is a reoccurrence of the disaster that occurred when this was introduced in Victoria. So far we have had little assurances that there will be no risk to patients.

“I am flabbergasted that the Minister has set out to introduce this Bill without any specified guidelines for clinical support for the patient during transport by the private operator.

“We don’t need to see the Ambulance service privatised, we need to see the health system properly funded and adequately staffed” he said.

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