Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Treasurer Dominic
Perrottet and Health Minister
Brad Hazzard announced more than $1 billion
will be invested in ambulance services and
capital in the NSW Budget 2018.
“Providing world-class care for patients is a priority for the NSW Government, and this Budget provides our paramedics with the support they need
better services for our community,” Ms
Mr Perrottet said the Budget included $944 million in recurrent expenditure
- up $51.3
million from last year’s Budget -
and an additional $72 million
“Today’s Budget announcement is clear proof that the Liberals & Nationals Government uses the resources
of our strong economy to better service our emergency frontline
Mr Hazzard said
the State would benefit from the employment and
training of the first round of 200 extra paramedics in
the coming 12 months.
“We identified that the community needed more paramedics and that our valued paramedics needed
more resources to properly do their job,” Mr
boost to the paramedic workforce will improve paramedic safety and
importantly, their continued service to the
The investment of more than $1 billion in services
and capital works includes:
- $23.7 million in 2018-19 to employ an additional
200 paramedics and
13 call centre staff
(part of 700 paramedics and
call centre staff over
the next four years) to improve response times, reduce paramedic fatigue
and support safety.
- $18.5 million to support the rollout of the Government’s Critical
Enhancement Program, which
coverage and improve critical communications during emergencies.