25 Aug 2010

Extra paramedics working in rural towns - Ryall

1:59 pm on 25 August 2010

Health Minister Tony Ryall says rural towns are benefiting from an extra 100 paramedics filling ambulance rosters around the country.

He says Otorohanga and Te Kuiti each have two extra paramedics, which means the towns are serviced by two ambulance officers seven days a week, and one officer at night.

In Kaitaia, Dargaville, Kaikohe, Waihi, Paeroa and Thames extra paramedics means these communities now have 24 hour, seven day a week cover.

It is part of the Government's $48 million four-year plan to support national ambulance services.