A BRAVE paramedic whose outspoken views were adopted by NSW Ambulance in Coolamon could still lose his job for whistleblowing.
Tumut-based medic John Larter publicly ridiculed Coolamon Ambulance Station’s “dangerous, life-threatening” volunteer-heavy staffing model without authorisation from bureaucrats.
Executives at NSW Ambulance issued Mr Larter with a notice alleging his misconduct – but the organisation has since back-tracked.
Commissioner Dominic Morgan announced on Thursday that the preferred five full-time qualified paramedics would be manned at the new $1.5 million facility – the arrangement that Mr Larter had long fought for.
However, the accusations against the paramedic have still not been dropped.
“I can fully understand that you need a media policy, but when it comes to the safety and welfare of the public - there shouldn't be inhibitors for the people who are speaking out,” Mr Larter said.
“I'm getting emails and calls from ambos across the state all saying the same thing – they're congratulating me for speaking out.
“It would seem at odds to prosecute me for undermining public confidence in NSW Ambulance when they have now agreed they got it very wrong.”
He 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 a priest accused of inappropriate conduct towards children.
When asked by The Daily Advertiser if Mr Larter would still be punished, NSW Ambulance refused to provide any details.
“NSW Ambulance does not comment on confidential staff related matters,” a spokesperson said.
“NSW Ambulance does have long standing policies and procedures dealing with media statements by serving personnel.
“There are appropriate mechanisms in place for staff to request an external review of any findings by NSW Ambulance.”