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Regional areas need permanent paramedics

It’s time for the Liberal Government to finally step up and commit to hiring full time paramedics in regional areas, notably King and Flinders Island.

Shadow Health Minister Anita Dow said the current COVID outbreak on King Island had shone a light on the need for a permanent paramedic on our Bass Strait islands. 

“Right now, on King and Flinders Island there are no permanent paramedics and their ambulances are staffed by volunteers,” Ms Dow said.

“These volunteers do a terrific job, however due to their location, they receive less face to face support and training than others around the state.

“Labor went to the election with a policy to hire permanent paramedics across the state, including King Island and Flinders Island and the government should commit to the same. 

“The current COVID outbreak on King Island makes the case for a permanent paramedic stronger.

“I call on the Premier and Health Minister to hire more permanent paramedics in regional areas around the state, they are vital to keeping Tasmanians safe.”

Anita Dow MP  
Shadow Health Minister