Tasmanian ambulance paramedics are being stretched to their limit with overtime demands increasing.

Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White said the current demands on workers are unfair.

“Ambulance paramedics are being asked to work an unprecedented amount of overtime shifts,” Ms White said.

“It’s not a good result for staff or patients.

“Health Minister Michael Ferguson needs to explain what’s being done to ease the pressure on ambulance paramedics.

“There are few more demanding jobs in our community than being the first to respond to emergency situations.

“It’s not fair for workers to be filling overtime shifts on their rostered days off.

“Staff are under enormous strain when they’re at work due to understaffing and then they are being asked to come in to fill vacant shifts on their days off. This is unsustainable.
“A leaked overtime schedule shows in the south alone there are up to 5 vacant shifts per day.

“This means that at stations from Sorell to Glenorchy there are sometimes no crews on shift which puts other crews under increased pressure and means ambulance response times are increasing.”
Rebecca White MP Shadow Health Minister