Strathbogie response times worsen further under Labor
01 June 2016
Wednesday 1 June 2016
Strathbogie Shire residents are waiting up to 46 minutes for an ambulance under Labor, the latest Ambulance Victoria response time data shows.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said data from the first quarter of 2016 showed response times for the shire has worsened.
Less than 30 per cent of urgent callouts were responded to within 15 minutes in the first three months of this year. The average response time to code one calls blew out from 19.18 minutes to 22.46 minutes.
This compares to a statewide average of 75.6 per cent of code one calls met within 15 minutes and an average response time of 13 minutes.
“We are so far behind the statewide averages it’s just not funny,” Ms Ryan said
“The government’s pilot program has failed to make inroads in addressing the urgent and growing need for an ambulance in Nagambie. The only solution is to station paramedics in Nagambie permanently.
“Daniel Andrews’ refusal to properly resource our local paramedics means we now have one of the worst response times in the state and it’s only getting worse.”
Ms Ryan said the Andrews Labor Government had gone to the election promising to 'end the ambulance crisis'.
“How bad does it have to get before Daniel Andrews admits that a permanent ambulance is needed in Nagambie?
“With nothing in last week’s State Budget, we have a right to be concerned about the government’s failure to address these response times.”