Safety concerns of parademics could end up in strike if no consensus reached

Talks are underway between Western Cape paramedics and provincial health department, to discuss working conditions, with safety being the biggest issue on the table.

The talks started on Wednesday but no agreement has been reached. The paramedics may go on strike if talks are stalled.

CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson spoke to Noel Desfontaines, General Secretary of Hospersa on progress made so far.

According to Desfontaines the department has confirmed that 17 incidents of security threats to paramedics have been reported over a 12 month period.

This past weekend, paramedics attending to a patient in Browns Farm, Phillipi, were pelted with stones, and their ambulance's back window shattered.

In July, four paramedics were attacked and robbed in Blackheath, while attending to a patient, which saw one of the female paramedics on the scene being stabbed with a bottle.

They want to do their work, but they are finding it more difficult to get to these places and do what they are suppose to be doing

Noel Desfontaines, General Secretary of Hospersa

We understand that crime is part of our lives but we have to look after the safety of our members, and they are saying to us unless something is done we cannot carry on working. A solution has to be found immediately

Noel Desfontaines, General Secretary of Hospersa

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