Angry ambos run on empty

Anna Kelsey-Sugg and Gabrielle Lis

Victorian paramedics are fatigued and striking for the first time in 36 years. What's gone wrong in their workplace and how can it be fixed?

We have a problem that needs to be solved. It’s reached a climax – though there could be higher peaks yet to come – in Melbourne, but the issue is nation-wide. Our ambos are fatigued, they’re not getting the working conditions they need, and they feel that no-one’s listening. That’s why today, for the first time in 36 years, Ambulance Employees Association Victoria Secretary Steve McGhie said paramedics...

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Published 21 June, 2009