In the middle of our ongoing fight against the pay freeze/cut, for an independent review of PROQA, and a realistic road map to professional wages funded by the government, NSWA launched a new, or updated and old, single officer transport procedure. Link here.
No notice, no consultation, no regard for safety or even the best use of finite resources.
We do not know if the procedure has been brought in during our fight against the pay freeze because they think we will be distracted, or in our response to industrial action.
Either way safety takes precedence even over a fight for pay.
Please take a moment to vote on an indefinite ban on single officer transports (however described). If a majority of members agree to the ban, then NSWA will have to make the case to ADHSU delegates at a later date as to why certain single officer transports should be allowed.
Such a ban could be overridden by registered paramedics who in their own view (not that of a supervisor) believe that the patient’s interests are served by driving them to an ED (or GP etc). That should only be done if there is little or no risk to the safety of the paramedic and/or the patient.