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Paramedics point to problems with employer’s fatigue management policy

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HC Online | 20 Apr 2016, 10:25 AM Agree 0
As the NSW Ambulance service addresses union concerns regarding worker fatigue, HC speaks to an employment lawyer about the legalities of sleep-deprivation.
  • Keith | 20 Apr 2016, 11:25 AM Agree 0
    This has been a sleeper issue (pun intended) for decades.

    Why do we treat people as morons. ALL doctors and nurses in our hospitals, nursing homes etc., work absurd hours, yet we put our lives at risk everytime because they are working long, stressful and over a 24 hour cycle.

    We do not pay them well and yet expect bright and alert staff when we need them.

    This issue also affects ambulance and emergency staff and police. At least in Victoria, the shift work concept is tried and works efficiently. Why is it not adopted elsewhere? I have heard all sorts of excuses from hospital administrators and politicians. It is not acceptable.
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