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New way to handle air ambulance callouts

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/02/2017

The government and ACC are putting up more than $1 million to pay for the trial of a new way to handle air ambulance callouts.

It's called an Air Desk and runs for 15 hours a day, seven days a week.

Its task is to provide centralised, expert dispatch and coordination of all emergency air ambulance incidents, as opposed to local dispatch.

The government and ACC are each paying half of the $591,000 a year cost of the two-year pilot, which started on Monday.

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