Ripon MP Louise Staley has called on the Andrews Government to urgently address growing Ambulance response times before they spiral out of control.
Before the last election, Daniel Andrews claimed ambulance response times were in crisis and said he would fix it:
“…those minutes matter and too many people have waited too long for an ambulance and, you know, people have actually died and we can’t settle for that.” (Daniel Andrews, Gold FM, 25 November 2014)
Under the Andrews Government the time taken to get an ambulance is on the rise with 24.1 per cent of code one responses taking more than 15 minutes.
Patients in regional Victoria are still particularly disadvantaged with response times well below targets, with newly released figures showing response times have deteriorated in 46 of Victoria’s councils.
For the residents of Ararat, ambulance wait times have increased by an average of 2 minutes and 58 seconds compared to last quarter, and an average of 29 seconds compared to this time last year.
Ripon MP Louise Staley said local Ambulance waiting times continues to suffer under a distracted Andrews Government.
“Daniel Andrews is failing residents of Ararat with his government’s Melbourne-centric Labor policies.” Ms Staley said.
“Every second counts in a medical emergency, it is unacceptable for Ararat residents to be forced to wait longer and longer for an Ambulance.”
“The Andrews Labor Government continues to put the Melbourne CBD ahead of regional communities like Ararat.”
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Rural and Regional Health Margaret Fitzherbert said that after initially promising to fix the ambulance system Daniel Andrews has now lost interest.
“Daniel Andrews was happy to talk big before the election but clearly is failing to deliver and Victorians are losing out.” Ms Fitzherbert said.