ON-CALL Sleep-deprived SA paramedics demand ‘safer’rosters fearing risk to patients

November 24, 2014 / Comments Off on ON-CALL Sleep-deprived SA paramedics demand ‘safer’rosters fearing risk to patients

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Sleep-deprived paramedics in regional South Australia are demanding roster changes because they fear they could be a danger to patients.

An on-call system is used in country areas to ensure 24-hour ambulance coverage, and saves money by rostering officers overnight after they have finished their full-day shift.

A roster over four consecutive days effectively leaves ambulance officers available for duty for 96 hours.

“The reality is you can’t lead a normal life,” said paramedic Chris Robson.

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