Posted on 31. Oct, 2013 in News

The Ambulance Victoria 2012-13 Annual Report tabled in the Victorian Parliament today reveals that ambulance response times for life-threatening emergencies have gone backwards for the third consecutive year, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Wade Noonan said today.

Mr Noonan said the proportion of emergency (Code 1) incidents responded to within 15 minutes across the state for the 2012/13 reporting period was just 73 per cent, more than 10 per cent below the Napthine Government’s own target.

“Under Mr Napthine almost 30 per cent of ambulances are taking longer than 15 minutes to reach life-threatening emergencies and people living in outer Melbourne are at greatest risk of these delays,” Mr Noonan said.

“Every minute counts when it comes to ambulance response times and can be the difference between life and death for some Victorians.

“But ambulances are being delayed because the system has been neglected by the Napthine Government.

“When there’s an emergency, people expect that they’ll be able to get the care they need, but under Denis Napthine, that isn’t the case.”

Ambulance Response Target 2010-2011 2011-12 2012-13
Proportion of emergency (Code 1) incidents responded to within 15 minutes – Statewide 85 per cent 77.1 per cent 74.8 per cent 73 per cent
Source: Ambulance Victoria Annual Reports 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13

Mr Noonan said the Premier should stop boasting about the state of the ambulance service in Victoria.

“For all his excuses, the fact is under Denis Napthine our ambulance system is getting worse,” he said.

“These figures reveal that ambulances are taking longer to reach car accidents and heart attack victims in need of life-saving assistance.

“Before the last election, the Coalition 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 placing Victorian lives at risk.”

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