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Work is well underway towards double crewing all emergency road ambulances by 2021, with services in Taupo and Turangi on track to be double crewed in the coming months, National MP for Taupo Hon Louise Upston says. 

“This is great news for New Zealand, and especially great news for the Taupo electorate. The double crewing of all emergency road ambulances will help ensure patients get the best available care when they need it. It also enhances the safety and well-being of our dedicated ambulance staff,” Hon Upston says.

“Eight emergency medical assistants have been recruited in the Taupo and Turangi area. These recruits will work with existing crew to ensure all emergency road ambulance call-outs will be double crewed in the coming months.

“Recruitment is currently underway in St John’s next group of regional priority areas. This will see Tokoroa double crewed by the end of the year.” 

The Government has invested $59.2 million over the next four years to ensure all emergency road ambulance call outs are double crewed by 2021.

An extra $21 million has been allocated through Vote Health to support air ambulance services, emergency road ambulance services and ambulance communications centres over the next four years.

“The investment will see 375 new emergency medical and paramedic roles created across the country and 59 within the Central East region.

“National is focused on getting patients the care they need when they need it, and our ambulance services have a key role to play in this,” Hon Upston says. 

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