Dominic Perrottet grilled over his wife’s ambulance as NSW Prime Minister called Health Secretary Brad Hazzard
Dominic Perrottet denies he was looking for “special favours” when he called the Health Secretary after his wife waited “too long” for an ambulance
- NSW Premier grilled over ambulance call
- He called the minister while his wife was waiting for the ambulance
- Dominic Perrottet says there were no favors
Dominic Perrottet has denied calling Health Secretary Brad Hazzard to get a quicker ambulance response for his ailing wife.
The NSW Premier was caught on Sky News via a call to Mr Hazzard and Ambulance Commissioner Dr. Dominic Morgan grilled which resulted in an ambulance being sent to his home.
Mr Perrottet said he was not seeking special treatment and did not know if the commissioner personally ordered an ambulance for his wife Helen to avoid lengthy waits.
“My wife was ill at the time and was in bed paralyzed and I did speak to Brad Hazzard regarding the matter and an ambulance was organized as normal,” Mr Perrottet said.
The Premier said he was returning from an event at the time he called Mr Hazzard.
The ambulance was called for Mr Perrottet’s wife, Helen (pictured front left), who was lying paralyzed in bed
“I spoke to Brad to get his advice on the situation. Brad actually happened to be dating the ambulance chief at the time,” he said.
“Do you understand that most people in NSW do not have access to telephone the Secretary of Health or the Commissioner for Ambulances when they need an ambulance?” she pushed the premier.
“My one-year-old was almost motherless because it took an ambulance two hours to come and you could get the ambulance commissioner and the health secretary to organize an ambulance to your house.”
Asked why he would be calling the Health Secretary instead of a doctor for advice about his ailing wife, Mr Perrottet replied he was “very close” to Mr Hazzard.
“I often talk to Brad about a whole range of topics related to these kinds of things,” he said.
Mr Perrottet has denied he received any special favors from Health Secretary Brad Hazzard (pictured right).
‘I certainly didn’t ask for any favours.’
Waiting times for ambulances have become a major issue for Saturday’s upcoming state elections.
The NSW Paramedics Association this week sounded the alarm over problems it says are affecting emergency services with promising industrial action.
Along with better pay, the union is demanding more specialized paramedics and ambulance officers, triaging reform and huge increases in funding for regional and community health care.
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