Ambulance figures blow out in Ripon

Ripon MP Louise Staley has called on the State Government to take action following another blowout in Ambulance response times.

New data shows Ripon residents are waiting longer for an ambulance, with an increase of over 3 minutes for Code 1 responses.

Ambulances use Code 1 for the most serious medical emergencies.

People needing urgent care waited longer for an ambulance in 52 of Victoria’s 79 local government areas, compared to the equivalent period in 2015.

Ms. Staley, said ambulances will continue to be delayed until Daniel Andrews takes responsibility and acts on this crisis.

“In an emergency every second is vital; having code 1 Ambulance response times blow out by nearly 4 minutes is putting Ripon lives in danger.” Ms. Staley said.

“Daniel Andrews promised to fix the ambulance issue, having to wait almost 19 minutes for an ambulance in towns like Donald, Charlton and Ararat is unacceptable.”

“The Ripon community is being put at risk by a State Government that is too distracted with factional disputes and in-fighting to take action in rural Victoria.”

Margaret Fitzherbert MP, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Women’s Health and Rural and Regional Health said the Premiers silence on this issue was worrying

“Daniel Andrews has said nothing to explain why ambulance response times are blowing out all around Victoria, in regional and rural areas and in Melbourne.” Ms. Fitzherbert said.

 “Code 1 response times in Victoria have gone up by up to 5 minutes on Daniel Andrews’ watch, putting regional Victorians at risk.”

Code 1 response performance

Regional local government area

1/04/15 – 30/06/15

1/04/16 – 30/06/16

Difference
Min / call outs

 

Minutes

No. of call outs

Minutes

No. of call outs

 

Buloke

24:27

97

28:11

80

+3:44 / -17

Ararat

16:04

185

18:50

159

+2:46 / -26

Code 2 response performance

Regional local government area

1/04/15 – 30/06/15

1/04/16 – 30/06/16

Difference
Min / call outs

 

Minutes

No. of call outs

Minutes

No. of call outs

 

Ararat

30:49

117

33:36

118

+2:47 / +1