Qld Govt announces boost to state's emergency services

Qld Police Minister Jack Dempsey.
Qld Police Minister Jack Dempsey. Rob Williams

SIXTY new paramedics will be rolled out to ambulance stations across the state alongside 130 new ambulance vans.

Premier Campbell Newman championed the announcement on Monday but it wasn't long before Labor claimed it as its own.

The 60 additional ambulance officers will be hired in coming months and assigned to stations yet to be finalised.

The 130 new ambulance vans will also go to various stations and construction on replacement ambulance stations at Emerald and Tara will start within the next six months.

"We have seen a magnificent arrangement now where its closer linking between Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Health and this will obviously be strengthened with additional 60 ambulance office on top of the natural attrition rate we have in the ambulance service these days," Police and Emergency Services Minister said.

"But also another 130 of the most modern ambulance vehicles that will service not just metro Queensland but the whole of rural Queensland as well.

"..we have to make sure the taxpayer's funds for Queensland get the best value."

While the Queensland Ambulance Service currently comes under the Emergency Services Department umbrella, Mr Newman did not rule out transferring it to Queensland Health.

"I believe they are working very well there (EMQ) and I don't see a need for change," he said.

"This government though does have a reform agenda and will listen to the argument that are put up."

State Budget figures from 2011-2012 show the two new ambulance stations and ambulance vehicles were Labor Government initiatives.

"The latest 'action plan' also repeats numerous 'initiatives' listed in the last six-month plan covering July to December 2012," Shadow Health Minister Jo-Ann Miller said.



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