Labor’s betrays Nagambie with ambulance review
10 December 2015
The Andrews Labor Government has failed to commit to a permanent paramedic presence in its review of Victoria’s ambulance system.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said Nagambie residents would be bitterly disappointed by the outcome of the review.
"The community could not have made it clearer to Daniel Andrews – Nagambie needs a permanent, full time paramedic presence," Ms Ryan said.
"Heart attacks don’t just happen in the summer during daylight hours. Labor doesn’t have a plan to fix Nagambie’s ambulance problem; all they have is a media strategy."
Ms Ryan said the review gave no commitment towards placing paramedics in the town permanently. It instead only referred to the government’s seasonal trial during the summer and Easter periods which it promised to review.
"For 12 months, the government has told the community that Nagambie’s needs would be considered as part of this review and yet, after being released to great fanfare and rhetoric, all Nagambie is getting is weasle words," Ms Ryan said.
"The government has spent 12 months undertaking a review to tell us that they will undertake another review. This is a betrayal of residents who have been trying to engage with the government in good faith."
Ms Ryan said Labor could not claim it was making decisions on resource allocations based on data.
"Strathbogie Shire had one of the worst response times in the state last year," Ms Ryan said.
"The average response time to code one incidents in Strathbogie Shire was 21.22 minutes, while the state wide average was 13.15 minutes.
"The pilot is a half-baked solution designed to quell the community’s frustration but it does little to assist CERT members who still need to be on call throughout the summer.
"This pilot has not been thought through and the community has had very little input. It is no more than a political band aid for the government," Ms Ryan said.