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No new paramedics for Clarence

Member for Clarence, Richie Williamson will continue to advocate for more paramedics for the Clarence despite NSW Ambulance informing him that we will receive no additional local paramedics in the latest rollout.

Last month 

the Minns NSW Government announced regional areas in NSW will get 500 new paramedics under a plan to strengthen the NSW Ambulance workforce, with the first cohort of 125 paramedics already undergoing training in preparation for deployment mid-this year.

When it was discovered that both Ballina and Lismore ambulance stations were slated to get some of the new paramedics, the CV Independent asked Mr. Williamson if any of the 500 paramedics would be deployed to Clarence ambulance stations.

Mr Williamson discussed the issue with NSW Health Minister Ryan Park and last week he received this written response from the minister stating none of the 500 paramedics will be stationed at Clarence ambulance stations.

Despite this response, Mr Williamson assured the CV Independent he will continue to advocate for more paramedics and improved health services in Clarence.

“NSW Ambulance has completed service demand and workforce planning to determine proposed locations for the additional resources across a 4-year program,” a government spokesperson said.

“I am advised that the ambulance stations in Clarence were not identified as priority locations for the Year 1 rollout of 500 regional paramedics, relative to other locations.

“Please be assured that the Clarence community is serviced by the Northern NSW Zone.”

Mr Williamson said the former Liberal Nationals state government had built new ambulance stations 

In his electorate at Iluka, Evans Head and Casino, with 12 new paramedics

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