July 20, 2020
Dear Resident of South Australia,
Thank you for your interest in supporting our efforts to secure safe staffing of the SA Ambulance Service, and to eradicate the scourge of ambulance ramping at SA hospitals, in order to ensure a safe community for all South Australians.
The AEA has been advocating on behalf of the community for several years to highlight the inadequate ambulance staffing and practice of ramping, which in combination result in South Australians being blocked from accessing treatment at hospital, and delays in ambulance response to emergencies in the community.
The situation has reached a crisis point with a number of unfortunate, potentially avoidable, deaths of patients both in the community waiting for an ambulance and those ramped in ambulances outside hospitals in recent times. We are doing all we can to prevent further suffering and loss of life.
We have pursued every available avenue to resolve this situation, with no tangible outcome. The conclusion of our case in the Employment Tribunal, which commenced on 3rd Feb 2020, has now been postponed by several months due to Coronavirus.
Lives are at risk and we now need your help.
This Parliamentary Petition will be submitted to the SA House of Assembly, for consideration and hopefully support of our request. In order to have the best chance of success, it is critical that our petition has significant public support. You can assist us by signing this petition, to send a strong message to Government, that South Australians deserve better. We deserve a prompt ambulance response in our time of need, and we deserve prompt treatment at hospital when needed.
Unlike an online petition, a State Parliamentary Petition needs to be submitted with original signatures of residents of SA and cannot be scanned or faxed. So please sign our petition, and mail free of charge to:
Reply Paid 85614
WELLAND SA 5007
To download the petition, click here.
Yours sincerely, Phil Palmer Secretary Ambulance Employees Association of SA