Victoria Shadow Minister for Health David Davis
No Ambo: Maryborough Man Forced To Take $300 Taxi Ride To Hospital
Victor P Taffa
Brumby Govt’s Failure To Take Action- Crisis In Regional Ambulance Service
A Maryborough man was forced to take a taxi to St. Vincent’s Hospital on Sunday after severing a finger when no Ambulance was available, revealing another example of the crisis engulfing Regional Ambulance Services because of Premier John Brumby’s mismanagement, Shadow Minister for Health David Davis said today.
“It is appalling that Victorians continue to suffer because of Premier John Brumby’s incompetence and mismanagement of the Ambulance Service.” Mr. Davis said.
“In June John Brumby promised Marlene Gouge, whose husband died from a heart attack after waiting an hour for an ambulance that regional ambulance services would improve. 18 months ago, young footballer Carl Lawrence tragically passed away after waiting for an Ambulance to arrive from Avoca.”
“Yet on Sunday a Maryborough man apparently severed his finger in a saw accident, and was forced to take a $300 taxi ride to Melbourne because no Ambulance Crews were available.”
“John Brumby and Labor have failed to manage Ambulance Victoria, and have botched the merger of Rural Ambulance Victoria and the Metropolitan Ambulance Service.” Mr. Davis said.
“John Brumby promised to cut Ambulance Response Times to 10 Minutes for Code One Emergencies and weakened the target to 15 Minutes a Response Time that has never been met.”
“In July this year the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition committed to taking the necessary action to reverse this crisis in Ambulance Victoria, by recruiting 340 additional Ambulance Staff.”
“This will include 43 additional Ambulance Officers and 6 Patient Transport Officers for the Loddon Mallee Health Region, which services Maryborough.” Mr. Davis said.
“The Coalition will also upgrade Maryborough Ambulance Station to a 24 Hour Station, providing more paramedics for the community.”
“11 years ago, John Brumby promised to fix the Health System and focus on the basics. Forcing people to take taxis instead of Ambulances is not focusing on the basics and Victorians deserve better.” Mr. Davis said.
The Auditor-General is currently reviewing incidents involving response times for Ambulance Victoria in Regional Victoria.