Thanks to the Andrews Labor Government, the Victorian Budget 2019/20 included $109 million to recruit more than 90 paramedics, get 23 extra vehicles on the road, convert 15 single crew ambulance stations to dual crew and upgrade and build new ambulance stations.
It is part of a nearly $300 million investment in our ambulance services that will support improved response times across regional Victoria.
Rochester, Murchison and Charlton paramedics are winners too, with funding in the Budget to ensure their single-crew shifts become a thing of the past, and paramedics only attend emergencies in pairs. To meet growing demand in the Bendigo region, additional paramedics will also be deployed.
The Liberals and Nationals plunged Victoria’s ambulance system into crisis when they went to war with paramedics, prompting response times to become the worst on the mainland.
The Labor Government ended the crisis, ensuring response times to the best they’ve been in recent history by putting on more paramedics, building more stations, and putting the latest, cutting-edge vehicles out on the road.
The difference couldn’t be clearer than in Shepparton, where ambulances are arriving a full two minutes quicker than they were than under a Liberal-National Government.
In the January to March quarter, the results show 84.2 per cent of ambulances arrived within the benchmark 15 minutes – an improvement on 83 per cent a year prior. In 2014 when the Liberals were in power, only 73.2 per cent arrived within 15 minutes.
Ambulance Victoria attended a total of 72,318 time-critical Code 1 call-outs across the state, up by more than 5,705 the year before.
Our record investment, reforms and respect for paramedics are ensuring the most critical patients are getting the care they need sooner, and lives are being saved.
Quotes attributable to Labor Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp
“Ambulance funding is just part of a broader investment in health designed to make sure important services reach everyone in Victoria. I’m proud to be part of a government delivering for regional Victoria.”