200 more paramedics for Queensland

Photo: Queensland Government Ambulance Service.

Hiring an extra 200 paramedics will be included in the $885.7 million set aside for the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS), recently announced in the State Budget.

Ambulance Services Minister Steven Miles said the Palaszczuk Government was hiring more paramedics and buying more trucks.

“Our record $885.7 million QAS budget is a funding boost of $85.4 million – an increase of 10.7 per cent on last year,” Minister Miles said.

“This funding means our hardworking paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers and patient transport officers have the equipment, training and resources required to continue to meet the increasing demand for services.”

Minister Miles said the Palaszczuk Government would hire more frontline staff.

“We will hire an additional 200 ambulance personnel state-wide to ensure QAS continues to help Queenslanders in their time of need,” he said.

“The budget also includes funding for 122 new and replacement Ambulance vehicles, so our officers have the best trucks to respond to emergencies.

“This includes the continued rollout of power-assisted stretchers which improve patient and officer safety by reducing the strain on paramedics and help to reduce the risk of manual handling injuries.”

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