Stuart Ayres, Member for Penrith has called on the community to reach out and give thanks to local paramedics on Thank a Paramedic Day, Wednesday 5 November.
Stuart Ayres said paramedics at Penrith provide both life-saving and life-changing care and today marks an important occasion to recognise their commitment and compassion.
“Paramedics are regularly ranked as the most trusted profession and it’s easy to see why,” Stuart Ayres said.
“The dedication our local paramedics show to both patients and their loved ones is unparalleled – we are truly lucky to have them working in our community.
“It’s not often we get the opportunity to say thanks and acknowledge the hard work of vital members of our community and I ask everyone to reach out and say thanks to our paramedics.”
Stuart Ayres said in 2013/14 NSW Ambulance provided 1,234,843 emergency and non-emergency responses – an average of 3383 responses per day or a call every 26 seconds.
“Under the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government, the NSW Ambulance workforce continues to grow with an additional 205 paramedics now on-road since the election,”
“We’ve also boosted the NSW Ambulance budget by $30 million this year to a record $752 million to ensure paramedics can continue to deliver their first-class care to patients.”
Health Minister Jillian Skinner is marking the occasion by presenting an inaugural Minister’s Bursary for Excellence to a NSW Ambulance paramedic who has delivered excellent clinical care with integrity and compassion.
“I have the utmost respect and admiration for our paramedics who undertake extraordinary work in what can be extraordinary circumstances,” Mrs Skinner said.
“When we need them, they are there and for that I can only say – thank you.”
An official Thank a Paramedic Day ceremony will be held in Sydney to formally acknowledge paramedics, control centre staff and other members of NSW Ambulance.
The community is encouraged to leave a message for paramedics on the NSW Ambulance Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages using the #ThankaNSWparamedic hashtag.