A Number Of SA Ambos Will “Pull Rank” This Long Weekend

Oct 4, 2019

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FIVEaa Breakfast’s David Penberthy has backed the decision by some ambulance employees to “pull rank” and not make themselves available to work overtime this long weekend.

Penbo said he had “nothing but sympathy” for paramedics after one ambo was charged with dangerous driving following a fatal accident while driving fatigued.

“We can’t have a situation where the threat of criminal charges for driving potentially in a fatigued state is hanging over the heads of people who are their to save our lives,” Penbo said on Friday.

“If these people can then be charged as a result of tiredness as a result of a roster that is beyond their control it is an absolute joke… we have nothing but sympathy for the ambulance offices… they don’t do the rostering they just turn up… you can totally understand them saying stuff this for a joke.”

Phil Palmer from the ambulance union confirmed there was a “groundswell of anger” among members.

He told FIVEaa Breakfast:

“It’s members who are making their own minds up that their life and own well being is more important than continuing to prop up a service for which the government gives them no credit, doesn’t value them, doesn’t care less about how hard their working life is and has been sitting on their butts for the last 18 months when they could’ve fixed this up. Yes there’s a groundswell of anger -- they’ve just had enough.”

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