SOS for rural emergency funding

Date published
2 May 2018

Air ambulances highlight pressures on rural medical emergency services


OPINION: Most medical emergency response services in New Zealand operate on the passion and commitment of the people who provide it. (Dominion Post/Fairfax)
On an emergency helicopter, in an emergency ward, on any ambulance or fire service crew, you tend not to find people doing it for the money.
For most people there's a safer, simpler and more lucrative way to earn a living than lifting people off mountains, pulling people from the sea, cutting people from cars in the middle of icy winter nights and attending to any number of serious accidents that occur outside of our urban centres.

We owe these people our gratitude, our support and, at the very least, the resources they need to complete their jobs as safely and effectively as possible.
It's easy for many of us to forget that our cities occupy a fraction of New Zealand's land mass. Most of our lands, our coastline, and our roads are in rural New Zealand, often hours away from even a modest hospital service. The dangers of our mountains, our lakes, our rivers and our forests all live in rural New Zealand.

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