Ambulance funding is set to help South Africa’s health care crisis, after the prime minister spent Saturday night with paramedics
The South Australian government will invest $124 million in new paramedic recruits and to end the state’s growing crisis.
- $2.4 billion will be invested in SA’s healthcare system
- The Prime Minister spent the night with paramedics
- New interns will start this week, as part of 350 new hires
The funding is part of the government’s $2.4 billion commitment to improve SA’s health system.
Three hundred and fifty paramedics will be recruited over the next four years to meet the demand for personnel.
Premier Peter Malinauskas spent a cold and wet Saturday night in the back of an ambulance watching paramedics.
He witnessed several emergencies and even spent time at Lyell McEwen Hospital.
He wanted to understand exactly how much pressure the system was under.
“The dedication and persistence of these two ambos last night fills you with pride but fills you with the urgency we need to help these people on the front lines.
“The moment our ambulance was cleared, the next job was immediately called.
Thirty-two paramedic trainees will begin their journey this week.
Alicia Cavino is one of those recruits and she said she was relieved for job security.
“Well, starting tomorrow is probably the most exciting part of my career,” she said.
“When I started studying 5 years ago, I graduated knowing they were only going to hire six of us.
“It’s really great to see that they will be more of us, more resources.
“The more help we get, the more we can ultimately help our patients.”