Australian Paramedics Association NSW delegate Brett Simpson says emergency services are operating on a “knife edge” after more than 200 paramedics were identified as close contacts of COVID-positive cases.
“Now this crisis is finally here, we’re seeing resourcing in the southwest of Sydney tomorrow barely reaching 50 per cent of what we would normally be able to put out on road,” Mr Simpson told Sky News.
Mr Simpson said NSW Ambulance is “begging the public” to heed the government’s calls to stay at home, and “really only call triple zero if it is an absolute emergency”.
“We already, prior to this outbreak amongst our workforce, were barely able to respond and hit our KPIs as far as response times,” he said.
“We’ve got the worst response times that NSW Ambulance has ever recorded, and they’re the worst response times in the country.”