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Fatigued paramedics under investigation after refusing to work overtime

The two Australian paramedics refused to take on an “extensive transfer” because they were concerned about their level of exhaustion

Though it’s somewhat comforting to know that the morale-crushing late call is ubiquitous worldwide, it’s extremely concerning that a misconduct investigation is the result for two paramedics reporting they were too exhausted to accept the assignment. Read more from Greg Friese, EMS1 Editor-in-Chief, in his analysis.

By EMS1 Staff

NEW SOUTH WALES, Australia — Two paramedics who refused to work overtime due to their level of exhaustion are now under investigation for misconduct.

4BC reported that the paramedic partners were given an “extensive transfer” job after coming off of a 12-hour overnight shift.

The two paramedics said they were concerned about their fatigue and refused to complete the job, and are being investigated by the Industrial Relations Commission as a result.

Australian Paramedics Association State President Chris Kastelan said the organization fully supports the paramedics and their decision to stay safe.

“For two paramedics, who’ve identified that they’re fatigued, to be run through the misconduct policy … I just think that’s a terrible blight,” he said.

Kastelan added that many paramedics in the area are being overworked, with many having to work overtime shifts without a break.

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