November 30, 2016

RECORD INVESTMENT TO IMPROVE AMBULANCE RESPONSE TIMES IN MOORABOOL

Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard, today visited Ballan Ambulance Station to celebrate the hard work of local paramedics and discuss Victoria’s largest ever investment in ambulance services.

“The Andrews Labor Government is delivering $500 million over five years to employ 450 more paramedics, put more new ambulances on the road and build 15 new and upgraded stations across Victoria,” Mr Howard said.

“Patients in Moorabool will see the benefits with a new 24-hour response team at Bacchus Marsh including 14 full-time equivalent paramedics and a new ambulance vehicle.

“The new team is in addition to the existing Bacchus Marsh team of 23 paramedics who currently provide 24 hour ambulance coverage from the station.

“We’re also delivering $2.5 million to build a new state-of-the-art ambulance station in Bacchus Marsh, which will further boost local resources needed to enable paramedics to quickly respond to local medical emergencies and save lives.

“Response times are improving but there is still more work to do as every second counts in a medical emergency.

“I’d like to congratulate our local paramedics because it’s thanks to their hard work that people in Moorabool can have the peace of mind that emergency care is close by when they need it most.”

The new $500 million ambulance package is on top of the $144 million investment in our ambulance system funded as part of the 2016/17 Victorian Budget, which included the $60 million Response Time Rescue Fund to improve ambulance response times.