||Issue No. 212||12 March 2004|
Interview: Baby Bust
Safety: Dust To Dust
Bad Boss: Shaming in Print
National Focus: Work's Cripplin' Us
International: Bulk Bullies
History: The Battle for Kelly's Bush
Economics: Aid, Trade And Oil
Review: The Art Of Work
Poetry: Sew His Lips Together
Seven Good Reasons To Save Medicare
Naked Leading The Blind
Ambos Bans -Free Rides
In a move that has been slammed as "hypocritical" by Ambulance officers, the CEO of the Ambulance Service of NSW has withdrawn any support to the Ambulance Officer involved.
Ambulance officers commenced industrial action as a result, placing a ban on all ambulance paperwork, leaving people using New South Wales' ambulances not being charged a fee.
"Ambulance Officers, Paramedics, and Rescue Officers are expected by their employer, and indeed by the community, to get to the scene of a potentially life threatening situation as quickly and as safely as possible," says Michael Williamson, General Secretary of the Health Services Union (HSU). "Unfortunately, on the rare occasions that they become involved in an accident, the Service can not simply look the other way."
The driver, from the Ryde ambulance station, was told in a letter that they should drive to avoid such an incident.
The HSU said that the decision of the Ambulance service to wash their hands of the matter belies the expectation of Ambulance Officers to drive in a manner that will minimise response times in emergencies.
The union also described the decision as "especially contemptible" given "the continued mismanagement of the Ambulance Service".
Talks between the HSU and the NSW Ambulance Service agreed to the Ambulance Service committing to provide support via senior managers to the Ambulance Officer concerned.
A revised protocol would be issued establishing much clearer steps for Ambulance Officers to obtain the support from the Service for legal representation and a consultant would review the current driver training and operating procedures.
Consultation would also occur with other emergency services as to the procedures they utilise in such circumstances.
Bans were lifted following the talks.
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