Louise Upston MP has called on St John New Zealand to ensure that its current staffing review outcomes do not compromise health services provided to the local community and visitors to the Taupō region.
“My office has been in touch with George Clicquot, Territory Manager St John Lakes who advises of a change proposal process is currently underway and which would come into effect early in the New Year.
“The change proposal also covers the roles of Advanced Care Paramedics in the Lakes District DHB and reviewing pathways for training of St John staff.
“It’s my understanding that while no Advanced Care Paramedics are anticipated to lose their jobs during this restructure, should they however leave leave their roles at St John, they would not be replaced. Instead, a medical team from Rotorua will take over the St John contract with the DHB to transport patients. This contract has no specification of paramedics that are required onboard.”
Ms Upston says it’s vital that the St John restructure does not unfairly disadvantage the community. There must continue to be Advanced Care Paramedic services available to the community of Taupō when needed.
“We’ve been here before when the threat of losing rescue helicopter services in the District was looming in Taupō. We would like reassurance that St John has fully considered the implications of not having Advanced Care Paramedics on board when transporting patients as a potential outcome of their restructure, and a guarantee that patient safety will not be compromised as a result.
“Fire and Emergency and Taupō Police representatives approached said that they were not aware of any review, which is concerning,” Ms Upston said.
Media contact: Louise Upston 027 476 7887
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