The Transport Workers Union (TWU) has claimed, in a Canberra Times report, that the morale of the ACT Ambulance Service is at a low because of a failure of management to address issues such as workplace safety, overtime, rosters, equipment and leave.
The union has claimed that there is a “toxic” culture within the service and that paramedics are concerned there will be retribution if they speak out about their concerns.
According to Ben Sweeney, an official from the union, a number of the issues were identified years ago and the feeling is that those responsible are either unable or unwilling to resolves the issues raised.
The Justice and Community Safety Directorate has released a statement to respond to the criticism from the union saying that they are continuously working to improve the services provided to the community in the face of increased demands.
Mr Sweeney said that the ACT government committed to a formal review of the culture of the ambulance service prior to the election to identify the key issues that are causing the poor morale.