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Government Continues To Ignore Paramedic Safety

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State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, has again called on the Government to hold an urgent summit to discuss staffing and safety for Paramedics.

The Health Services Union and Ms Hornery have been calling for a summit since May, following a series of attacks on Paramedics.

Ms Hornery has spoken a number of times in Parliament about the issue, tabling Notices of Motions dating back to 2013, but the Government has failed to listen or act.

Paramedics respond to members of the community in their time of greatest need and in so doing often put themselves in harms way.

Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery

“It is disappointing that the Government is not listening to the desperate pleas of Paramedics across the State.”

“I have raised this issue in Parliament a number of times dating back to 2013 and twice in the last nine months.”

“The Health Minister still hasn’t responded to my letter calling for a summit.”

“There are assaults occurring almost every week, and right across the Hunter we have seen a number of very serious assaults this year on Paramedics.”

“Paramedics have talked to me about this issue after the number of assaults increased last year.”

“There needs to be a summit to discuss the best way forward. I am worried that a more serious incident will occur before this Government addresses the issue.”

“What will it take for the Government to listen?”