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Ettalong ambo station

sell-off could cost lives

The NSW Government has slated Ettalong Beach Ambulance Station for sell-off and relocation after they blindsided local paramedics with the news.

25 November 2021

 

MEMBER for Gosford, Ms Liesl Tesch has spoken out against this plan and has called upon the NSW Liberal Government to upgrade the Ettalong ambulance station instead of selling it off.

 

“Time and time again, we see this tired-old Liberal State Government sell-off assets and cut vital health services in our communities,” said Ms Tesch.

 

“This decision follows more Liberal Government cuts to local services like the Centrelink closing in Ettalong.

 

“The closure will add minutes to emergency ambulance wait-times in Ettalong Beach, Umina Beach, Pearl Beach, Patonga, Empire Bay, St Hubert’s Island, Bensville, Killcare, Hardy’s Bay and Wagstaffe. A minute in traffic for an ambulance could be the difference between life and death.”

 

Staff at the Ettalong station were blindsided by the relocation and only found out when community members after they received NSW Health’s letterboxed handout.

 

“It’s completely unacceptable that our hard-working paramedics who were championed by this Government during the pandemic weren’t told about this change and instead found out when community members received the glossy government pamphlets,” said Ms Tesch.

 

“This is completely disrespectful to our hardworking local paramedics”.

 

Ms Tesch will ask Questions on Notice in NSW Parliament to obtain more information and clarity around what this plan means for staffing of paramedics, traffic concerns on Ocean Beach Road and travel-time differences from Woy Woy compared to Ettalong Beach.

 

Labor Candidate for Robertson, Dr. Gordon Reid has spoken out against this decision and commented on how essential proximal ambulance stations are to the community.

 

“In life-or-death circumstances, it is absolutely critical that emergency services are located at reasonable distances. With this decision to relocate Ettalong Beach Ambulance Station into Woy Woy Hospital, we will see paramedics having to navigate the busy Ocean Beach Road corridor, potentially adding minutes to a call-out.”

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