Redman demands MLC apologise for ambo comments
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.