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Regional paramedics hired


Regional Tasmania will be boosted by the employment of 12 new paramedics.

Three will be posted each to Dodges Ferry, Bicheno, St Helens and Deloraine.

"As part of our $125 million investment over six years, Ambulance Tasmania has already successfully recruited three extra paramedics at Wynyard. Over the remaining four years, a further 24 paramedics will be recruited to regional areas," Member for Prosser Jane Howlett said at the announcement today. 

Ambulance Tasmania Chief Executive Neil Kirby is rejecting suggestions it's only in response to falling numbers of volunteers.

"We're continuing to invest in volunteers, we are reliant on them, but that's why we're putting a branch station officer here in Dodges Ferry to provide local support on the ground," he said.

Ms Howlett said there had been many applications for the positions and isn't concerned about filling the roles, despite high pressure on the state's health system. 

Labor isn't so impressed.

"Will Hodgman has left Tasmanian communities with little or no ambulance coverage and ignoring desperate pleas from hard-working paramedics," Opposition spokesperson Sarah Lovell said.

"In the election campaign, the Liberals promised 42 new regionals paramedics, but 16 months later they have employed just one."