Strathbogie ambulance response times among worst in Victoria
09 October 2015
Strathbogie Shire’s ambulance response times are among the worst in Victoria, new data released this week shows.
The figures have prompted Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan to call on the government to dump its plan to trial a paramedic presence in Nagambie.
“Nothing but a decision by Labor to meet the Coalition’s commitment to permanently station paramedics in Nagambie will solve this,” Ms Ryan said.
“The average response time to code one incidents in Strathbogie Shire last financial year was 21.22 minutes.
“The government cannot accept those response times when the total average across the state was 13.15 minutes,” Ms Ryan said.
“Just 34.9 per cent of urgent call outs were met within the target of less than 15 minutes. That compares to a statewide average of 74.3 per cent.
“By way of comparison, in Shepparton 73 per cent of code one calls were answered within 15 minutes,” Ms Ryan said.
Ms Ryan told Parliament last night that the government’s needed to revisit its plans for place a paramedic unit in Nagambie.
“The decision to base a paramedic unit in Nagambie three days a week from the end of November to early February between the hours of 10am and 10pm on a trial basis is not a solution,” Ms Ryan said.
“It shows the government is starting to get the picture but it is not going to alleviate CERT volunteers or provide the coverage that the community needs and deserves.
“This data clearly lays out the facts and the government can no longer ignore it simply because we live outside of Melbourne,” Ms Ryan said.
“I urge the Premier to put politics aside and govern for all Victorians by acting on these figures immediately,” Ms Ryan said.