St John prices itself out of rugby

STU PIDDINGTON
Last updated 05:00 02/04/2014

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The rising cost of St Johns services means the South Canterbury Rugby Union has decided against contracting their medics at Alpine Energy Stadium.

In the past there has been a St John employee and often an ambulance stationed during senior games, but from last Saturday any injuries were dealt with by club personnel.

SCRU chairman Brent Isbister said the cost of St John had been sky rocketing over the past five years.

''The union had been paying that [cost] at Alpine Energy Stadium and the country clubs had been paying their own.''

Isbister said a discussion was held at council of clubs as to what level of care the clubs felt was required.

''The union was in the position where we were going to pass the costs onto the users and the clubs felt that emergency medical care was close at hand in Timaru and also in Temuka, Geraldine, Pleasant Point and Waimate.''

Isbister said the decision was made that there was no need to have an ambulance stationed at each ground.

''It was also agreed that each club would have somebody with a first aid course available as first point care and the union is investigating a suitable course if clubs require it.''

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- The Timaru Herald

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