November 19, 2014

AMBULANCE RESPONSE TIMES TWICE TARGET

Labor candidates, Sharon Knight and Geoff Howard speak with Paramedics Sarah Brennan and Adam Phillips.

Local ambulance response time data for Central Grampians and Wimmera districts has been released by Ambulance Victoria, despite Denis Napthine refusing to release this information for nearly two years.

It shows that ambulance response times in these regions have blown out, with ambulances taking twice as long to attend emergencies than is targeted.

The data shows: 90th percentile response times for code 1 (emergencies):
• Central Grampians District – 29.4 minutes
• Wimmera District – 35.8 minutes

The 90th percentile target is 15 minutes.

Quotes attributable to candidate for Wendouree, Sharon Knight

“These figures show that Victoria’s ambulance system is in crisis and that people in Ballarat and across western Victoria are waiting too long in life threatening emergencies.”

“I commend the Grampians Region of AV for having the guts to break the gag order by the Napthine Government to release this information – if only Denis Napthine would do the same.”
 
Quotes attributable to candidate for Buninyong, Geoff Howard

“You can’t fix a problem until you admit there is one, and the Grampians Region is doing exactly that.”

“These figures show that under Denis Napthine people are waiting longer in pain for an ambulance to arrive.”

Key Facts
• Despite requests from media and the Labor Opposition, the Napthine
            Government refused to release localised response time data since Dec 2012.
• Last month, Denis Napthine refused to debate a bill proposed by Labor that
            would see regular reporting of emergency service response times.
• The two year wage and conditions negotiations between the Government and
            paramedics was left unfinished when the Government went into caretaker mode.