New figures from Ambulance Victoria about Central Goldfields reveal that there were 100 fewer Code 1 ambulance responses between January and March 2017 (141), compared to the same time in 2016 (241). This reflects a statewide trend, with a massive cut to the number of Code 1 ambulance responses.
Ambulance performance data released yesterday shows that Ambulance Victoria responded to 23 per cent fewer Code 1 emergencies compared to the same time last year.
This means that in the first three months of this year over 18,000 Victorians were downgraded from the most urgent response category. As a result they either waited much longer or didn’t receive an ambulance at all.
Daniel Andrews doesn’t talk about it, but on his watch Ambulance Victoria has re-coded over 300 emergency events from Code 1 to Code 2.
While Daniel Andrews claims to have improved ambulance performance, it is clear that published response time improvements are a result of a massive reduction in the number of ambulance attendances.
The reduction in responses comes as paramedics are under additional pressures to deal with victims of assault and other violent crimes with Victoria’s escalating crime crisis and booming population growth.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Rural and Regional Health Margaret Fitzherbert:
These are massive cuts to the number of Code 1 ambulance responses across Victoria, including in Central Goldfields.
The Andrews Labor Government has cut the number of Code 1 responses from ambulances, just to make the figures look better.
Quotes attributable to Member for Ripon Louise Staley:
Daniel Andrews should come clean about his secret changes to how Ambulance Victoria responds to 000 calls – people need to know which medical emergencies no longer attract an ambulance with sirens and bells.