ANDERSON MEETS WITH MINISTER OVER PARAMEDICS COVER
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has met with the Minister for Health Jillian Skinner to discuss the new death and income protection cover for NSW paramedics.
Mr Anderson said he met with the Minister following a meeting last month with over 20 local Paramedics where he heard their concerns regarding the new scheme.
“It was clear from the meeting I had with local Paramedics that they felt the new scheme would disadvantage them and they wanted my support.
“The new income protection scheme commenced on 20th August 2016 and will provide benefits to sick and injured officers for a period of 2 years. Paramedics expressed concern to me that they wanted better protection and asked for that protection to be set at 7 years support.
“I am focussed on ensuring that any Paramedic injured at work is supported and that means, financially as well providing a clear path to return to work.
“I have asked the Minister to look at the possibility of implementing a sliding scale return to work support program rather than setting 2 years as the benchmark.
“Depending on the level of injury, there may be times where an injured person on a return to work program is able to go back to work sooner rather than later. Or it may be the case where more time is needed to rehabilitate.
“In some cases they may not go back to their original job but be able to make a meaningful contribution in some other health related role.
“I value the work of Paramedics and promised to make their voice heard. I will be looking at pursuing this idea further,” Mr Anderson concluded.