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St John to cut up to 100 jobs in bid to recover $30m loss due to COVID-19

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“Clearly we’ve got a long-standing issue over our funding model – and that’s a lot of money. We are New Zealand’s most trusted charity and we get fantastic support from the public,” Bradley said.

“We need to be less reliant on fundraising in the future to run the ambulance service and the Government’s aware of that.”

The struggling service is now facing a significant deficit for the coming year.

“We’ve potentially looked at 100 of our staff from across New Zealand. That will happen over the next three to six months,” he explained.

“It is difficult and it’s going to be hard for our people, but we’ll work through it and do the best we can.”

No frontline ambulance roles are expected to be dropped under the drastic cuts, which will primarily affect those in support roles or on executive and management teams. Pay increases will be frozen for senior positions, office buildings will be closed and several projects will be paused in the bid to fill the $30 million financial hole.

The organisation also plans to stop face-to-face clinical education for ambulance staff over the coming year.

Bradley says St John is in dire straits as it prepares for the projected multimillion-dollar revenue loss.

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