Red­man de­mands MLC apol­o­gise for ambo com­ments

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

War­ren-Black­wood MLA has de­manded South West La­bor MLC Adele Fa­rina apol­o­gise for re­cent re­marks about the re­gion’s am­bu­lance ser­vice.

Mr Red­man said Ms Fa­rina’s com­ments, re­ported by the Times last month, were met with “ex­treme anger” by South West St John Am­bu­lance vol­un­teers.

“Neg­a­tive com­ments such as those made by Ms Fa­rina make it harder for ser­vice groups to at­tract vol­un­teers and new mem­bers,” Mr Red­man said.

“My ex­pe­ri­ence is that coun­try am­bu­lance of­fi­cers and vol­un­teers are ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing a pro­fes­sional, high qual­ity ser­vice, and work hard to de­velop good re­la­tion­ships with hos­pi­tals and other emer­gency ser­vices,” he said.

“Ms Fa­rina should apol­o­gise to coun­try am­bu­lance sub cen­tres for the in­sult caused by her com­ments.”

Ms Fa­rina had urged res­i­dents to make sub­mis­sions on the draft Coun­try Am­bu­lance Strat­egy, which closed last week.

The new strat­egy was de­vel­oped after a num­ber of worker sui­cides, in­ves­ti­gated by the State’s chief psy­chi­a­trist, which led to two re­ports iden­ti­fy­ing a “cul­ture of bul­ly­ing” and “toxic” work­places within the State’s am­bu­lance provider.

In op­po­si­tion, Ms Fa­rina was a fierce critic of St John Am­bu­lance, but she did not re­spond to Times en­quiries this week.

Ms Fa­rina said she was con­cerned about in­con­sis­ten­cies flagged be­tween re­gional ar­eas and Perth, where full-time medics rather than vol­un­teers serve com­mu­ni­ties.

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