Labor has urged the government to rethink its election commitment to employ more paramedics in remote areas of the state due to high demand in urban areas.
The call comes after a Moorleah man Jarrod Woodhouse on Monday told of how he had to drive his stepson from Wynyard to the North-West Regional Hospital after there was not an available ambulance to transport the sick 12-year-old.
Mr Woodhouse said the child, whom he had suspected of having meningococcal disease, was doing better and recovering at home.
Communicable Disease Prevention clinical director Faline Howes on Tuesday said there were no confirmed or reported cases of meningococcal disease in the North-West as at August 27.
The incident follows recent revelations that crews from Launceston had been forced to travel to Hobart to fill coverage gaps.
The Tasmanian Fire Service last week was put on stand-by to assist the ambulance service due to a high amount of ramped vehicles at the Royal Hobart Hospital.
Party health spokeswoman Sarah Lovell said five communities in the greater Hobart area had been left without coverage over the past few days as there were not enough ambulances and crews on the ground.
The government in last year's election campaign pledged to progressively employ 42 paramedics in remote and regional areas over the next six years.
But Ms Lovell said this figure not only fell short of demand, the policy did not acknowledge where demand was greatest.
"The government made an election commitment to employ 42 regional and remote paramedics but the reality is that the demand we are seeing is in our urban areas," she said.
"The government need to realise that, talk to paramedics, work out exactly where the demand is needed, and revise that policy."
Ms Lovell said it was estimated a further 130 paramedics needed to be employed in the state in addition to the 42 promised new recruitments.
Health Minister Sarah Courtney said Labor needed to explain to remote communities why they did not deserve new paramedics.
"For Labor to say there is no demand for paramedics in rural and regional areas smacks of contempt for these communities," she said.
Ms Courtney said the government would continue to work with communities and paramedics on its election commitment and to look at how pressure on ambulance services could be reduced in urban areas.