Edwards: Ambulance times unacceptable

Maree Edwards.
Nanjing Night Net

MEMBER forBendigo West Maree Edwardssays leaked ambulance response times show the government is failing Loddon Malleeresidents.

Fairfax Media reported on Thursday that in many parts of the state, Ambulance Victoria wasfailing on its target to get to 90 per cent of patients within 15 minutes of receiving a call.

The data revealed that in general, people living in rural areas waited longer for ambulances than their metropolitan counterparts.

It revealed that inthe Loddon region, ambulances reached 90 per cent of patients within 27.3 minutes of receiving a call.

Ms Edwards said the state’s ambulance service was under-funded and had been in decline since the government came to power four years ago.

“We’ve called on the government to invest more in resourcing ambulances in regional Victoria,” she said. “This is data Denis Napthine tried to keep secret and now we know why.”

Ms Edwards would not comment on whether the Labor Party would provide additional funding to Ambulance Victoria if elected.

Bendigo paramedic and United Voice union member Brett Adie said Bendigo was in need of at least one more 24-hour ambulance crew in April.

But Health Minister David Davis saidthe data showed there was an improvement on ambulance response times and the government had improved on an number of other key performance measures.

He said the government had hired 539 new paramedics in the state since 2010.

-With The Age

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