University students have been forced to fill in for Sunshine Coast paramedics due to financial cutbacks, potentially putting patients’ lives at risk.
On Saturday night, trainee paramedics from the University of the Sunshine Coast were asked to man crews out of the Coolum and Maroochydore stations, according to the United Voice Union.
Student paramedics are not allowed to practise on patients and it is unknown if those involved had undergone advanced driver training.
The union described the situation as “fraught with danger” and unfair on patients, paramedics and students.
The students were asked to cover after two officers could not fill their shifts due to illness.
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