1 Nov 2008

$47m boost for ambulance services

5:29 pm on 1 November 2008

Ambulance services have been given a funding boost of $47 million over the next five years.

The Labour Party's Health Minister, David Cunliffe, says the money will go towards reducing part-user charges paid by patients, and addressing single crewing issues.

He says it's been taken from existing budget reserves and is being distributed immediately.

Mr Cunliffe says further spending in this area is to be reviewed after consultation on the Draft Ambulance Strategy is completed in December.

The chief executive of Wellington Free Ambulance, John Britton, says it could also help with a variety of projects it has had to put off.

He says that building maintenance and replacement of ambulances have had to be deferred and that is not practicable in the long-term.