Ambos want respect and trust
THE ambulance union has welcomed the announcement that paramedics have again taken out top spot as Australia's most trusted profession in an annual Reader's Digest poll.
But the union wants the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) to turn trust into respect.
“This is the sixth year paramedics have claimed the spot, which is really testament to the hard work and compassion of all in the industry,” state organiser Kroy Day said. “Sadly though, still not enough is being done by the QAS to back up paramedics and make sure that they have the resources they need to continue to earn the public's trust.”
He said ramping and fatigue were still two of the biggest issues affecting paramedics' ability to do their jobs. “Frankly, paramedics work very, very hard to earn and keep the public's trust but very few of them feel that the QAS has their best interests at heart.”