In a record $1.76 billion boost to frontline emergency care, the NSW Ambulance Service is set to recruit 2,128 new staff and open 30 more stations as part of the NSW Governments 2022-23 Budget.
Member for Oatley, Mark Coure welcomed the news, stating that the funding boost would provide real benefits for the area, with more jobs and quicker response times.
“Our Emergency Service personnel work tirelessly day and night to keep the local area safe. Throughout the pandemic, they showed their commitment and dedication to helping our community,” Mr Coure said.
“This funding will ensure that NSW Ambulance has access to the best facilities, with the NSW Government aiming to support frontline healthcare workers and the critical services they provide.”
NSW Premier, Dominic Perrottet said, the record investment means NSW Ambulance will have the largest paramedic workforce in Australia, now and well into the future.
“Ambulance services across Australia are experiencing unprecedented demand but this funding will ensure NSW is well placed for the challenges ahead,” Premier Perrottet said.
“Our strong economic management means we can deliver a brighter future for NSW families by giving them confidence emergency support will be there in their time of need.’’
NSW Treasurer, Matt Kean said, the pandemic has made it clear continued investment
in frontline healthcare workers is crucial.
“We are always thankful for the outstanding commitment, compassion and tireless
efforts of our ambulance staff but especially throughout the pandemic,” Mr Kean concluded.
The NSW Government will continue its recording spending on ambulance infrastructure by delivering 30 new stations, with 8 set to be built in the coming year and 22 more stations to follow over the next three years.