St John gives boost

Last updated 15:00 04/03/2014

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Picton is getting a new paid ambulance officer as part of a $4 million commitment from St John ambulance.

St John approved funding for 57 new paid ambulance staff around New Zealand after looking into how ambulance resources stacked up with patient demand.

The plan was to have 20 staff on board by July 1 and the remaining 37 by January next year.

St John chief executive Peter Bradley said more staff meant patients would benefit from more effective services and more efficient response times.

"It's another step to achieving our ambition of right care, right time," he said.

The initiative is the first part of a five-year workforce plan to support full crewing.

New paid staff will be placed in Picton, Auckland, Christchurch, Waihi, Temuka, Hamilton, Whangarei, Alexandra, Rotorua and Feilding.

"All these elements reflect St John's commitment to informed workforce planning - to respond to demand, to deliver a good value, sustainable service and to be able to deliver the best possible patient care," Mr Bradley said.

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- The Marlborough Express

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