Posted on 29. Nov, 2012 in News

Mt Waverley Liberal MP Michael Gidley must explain why residents have not been notified that the ambulance station at Wheelers Hill will close today, Labor’s Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Wade Noonan MP, said today.

Mr Noonan said that local paramedics had been stunned by the sudden decision to close the branch and expressed concern for the residents of Wheelers Hill and Glen Waverley who will be left exposed without a local ambulance station.

“Mr Gidley should explain why the Baillieu Government is closing the Wheelers Hill ambulance station without notifying residents,” Mr Noonan said.

“Local paramedics were absolutely stunned after only receiving notice of the station’s closure last Wednesday.

“This decision smacks of secrecy.

“The Baillieu Government is clearly in disarray and now communities will be placed at risk as a result of this decision.”

Mr Noonan feared that ambulances would now take longer to reach local residents in the Wheelers Hill and Glen Waverley areas as a result of the station’s closure.

“Response times have already blown out under the Baillieu Government and now local residents will have to rely on ambulances to travel further to reach life-threatening emergencies in the Wheelers Hill and Glen Waverley areas,” Mr Noonan said.

“Over the first six months of this year the Wheelers Hill station responded to over 700 life-threatening ‘code 1’ emergencies and in excess of 500 urgent ‘code 2’ call outs.

“Locals will most likely have to wait for an ambulance to travel from the Knox station located in Wantirna to receive emergency treatment.

“Before the last election, the Baillieu Government said that Victorians deserve the highest quality ambulance services and have the right to expect timely responses during emergencies.”

“However, now in Government, ambulance response times are going backwards and Mr Baillieu is closing the Wheelers Hill station.

“Local residents have every right to seek an explanation from Mr Gidley and Mr Baillieu about why their ambulance station will close.”

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