There will be more paramedics to provide relief in regional New South Wales and paramedics’ work conditions will be improved in measures in the 2017-18 Budget, Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Health Brad Hazzard announced today.
The Budget also delivers the complete rollout of the 24/7 Ambulance Helicopter Retrieval Network Service, with doctors and paramedics on every flight.
More than $890 million will be invested in the 2017-18 Budget, an increase of $74 million from last year. More than $100 million will be invested in capital works in 2017-18.
“The NSW Government is committed to supporting our skilled and hardworking paramedics to continue delivering exceptional care to patients across the state,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Mr Perrottet said as well as investing in the bricks and mortar of new ambulance stations, the NSW Government is also investing in the IT for the future needs of the community.
“This is a Budget that invests our state’s success back in our communities and in this case the lives the NSW Ambulance Service works to save every day.
“It also delivers the investment to progress work on linking ambulance and hospital medical records in real time so data may be sent to an emergency department while the patient is en route.
“When fully operational, this will mean that ambulances can be sent to hospitals that are best suited to provide definitive care for a patient, which will improve patient outcomes,” Mr Perrottet said.
Mr Hazzard said, “This Budget helps us meet the challenge to continue to provide a first class ambulance response, whether it’s in the suburbs of Sydney or in more isolated areas of the state.”
The 2017-18 Budget includes funding for: