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PARAMEDICS on the Northern Rivers will soon enjoy new, less taxing rosters after a decision by the NSW Industrial Relations Commission to review rostering.

The Health Services Union welcomed yesterday's decision after months of campaigning against rural rosters which they claim were leaving paramedics fatigued.

The union claimed the rosters meant paramedics were on call for 16 hours at a time, seven days straight with only two days to recover.

HSU NSW secretary Gerard Hayes said the union had been fighting the case in court and in the community since October and this decision is a victory for common sense.

"These rosters were playing havoc with the physical and mental health of paramedics," he said.

"That can only degrade the quality of care that we can provide to the sick and injured."

"The commission has accepted a basic principle: paramedics need time to recover from gruelling and exhausting shifts."

Topics:  health services union nsw ambulance service paramedics


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