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Rotorua MP Todd McClay has welcomed the Government’s announcement that all of the country’s ambulances will soon be double crewed and says it will directly improve crew safety and patient treatment in Rotorua.

"The announcement of this $134 million package is about supporting the great job done by St John Ambulance and ensuring local people continue to get high-quality healthcare when they need it,” Mr McClay says.

“Having two emergency medical staff on every call out will increase the capacity of our paramedic crews to better deal with the tough situations they are regularly confronted with. It also means our hard-working ambulance staff will have extra support as they go about their vital jobs.”

Across the Bay of Plenty 59 new paramedics and emergency medical staff will be employed over the next four years with St Johns to determine the phase in period, while nationwide that number swells to 375.

The $134 million dollar package, the largest ever increase in funding to emergency ambulance services, will also see more resources put into call centres and air ambulance services. $59.2 million has been specifically ring-fenced for double crewing.

“Earlier this year St John announce two new ambulance stations in Rotorua to improve response times. I am very pleased this further support will build on their excellent work to improve patient treatment in our region,” Mr McClay says.

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