New flight paramedics for Wide Bay-Burnett

THE Bundaberg Ambulance Station will now be staffed 24 hours a day by Intensive Care Paramedics rather than an on-call system, following the addition of two new paramedics.

Premier Campbell Newman said the two new Flight Intensive Care Paramedics build on the government's commitment to improving health care for people in rural and remote communities.

"While rural and remote communities were largely ignored under Labor, the Newman Government is working hard to ensure we deliver the best service at the best time and place to suit all Queenslanders," Mr Newman said.

"We have already delivered an additional 120 paramedics and are committed to doubling the number of rural generalist training places in Queensland by 2016 to help address Queensland's rural workforce shortage.

"Through the Rural and Remote Statewide Clinical Network, we will ensure all Queenslanders receive the best possible services where they live."

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the additional paramedics will improve the ambulance service's ability to respond quickly to accidents and health emergencies in the Wide Bay-Burnett and Fraser Coast region.

"This is just another way our LNP Government is revitalising front line services," Mr Springborg said.

"Intensive Care Paramedics are highly trained professionals who provide Queenslanders with world-class pre-hospital health care every day.

"Their role is diverse and includes responding to local emergency cases, supporting and training other paramedics, as well as working with the RACQ CareFlight rescue helicopter based at Bundaberg Airport.

"Their work in conjunction with CareFlight is critically important to rural and remote communities throughout the region.

"Whether it is responding to motor vehicle accidents in isolated areas of the Bruce Highway, specialised medical transfers from rural health facilities to Bundaberg and Hervey Bay hospitals, or search and rescue missions on land and at sea, these new paramedics will be an asset to the region."

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