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NSW Paramedics today launched a week of industrial action, as the Australian Paramedics Association (NSW) escalated their demands for better resourcing and pay.

Until Friday, the union had placed a complete ban on ‘staff movements’, meaning Paramedics would refuse to split from crewmates or travel from their designated station to fill roster gaps elsewhere.

“It’s completely unacceptable that we’re relying on a last-minute reshuffle of scant resources to get a single ambulance to our communities,” the association’s NSW president Chris Kastelan said.

“We want enough crews on the road to cover the rosters. This shouldn’t be a radical proposal.”

Early on Monday afternoon metro Sydney was again at ‘Status 3’, the highest emergency designation, with 104 patients waiting for a response and just one transport ambulance available, the union said.

The association is demanding 1,500 more paramedics, a pay increase and investment in referral networks and specialist paramedic programs.

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