Paramedic’s complaints put to parliamentary inquiry

John Larter.

John Larter.

A PARAMEDIC facing disciplinary action for publicly criticising Coolamon Ambulance Station’s staffing model has forwarded complaints against him to a parliamentary inquiry. 

Tumut whistleblower John Larter has directed NSW Ambulance’s allegations to a state government investigation of bullying and harassment in the emergency services industry. 

Mr Larter – a front-line responder of 21 years – has refused to back down. 

“I make no apology for taking necessary action in preserving and promoting a systems safety approach and ensuring our service delivery is commensurate with public expectations,” he said. 

“The only persons causing damage to the reputation of NSW Ambulance are the bureaucrats, pen pushers and those in lofty towers who continue to make ridiculous decisions without consultation.

“I will continue to stand up for clinical excellence, good governance, leadership and exemplary service delivery.”

Mr Larter is being investigated for potentially breaching the media policy of NSW Ambulance on two occasions.

In one instance, Mr Larter – a former Tumut mayor – was reprimanded for defending Father Brian Hassett, a Tumut priest accused of inappropriate conduct towards children.

“The views I express are my personal opinions and I have not advised any media outlets that I am speaking as a representative of NSW Ambulance,” he said.

NSW Ambulance last week said it had long standing policies dealing with media statements by staff.