Labor’s broken emergency health system holding back Victoria’s recovery

Victorians in life threatening situations are being denied the help they deserve as Labor’s emergency health system continues to fail people in need.

Confirmation that an 82 year old man died whilst waiting 40 minutes for an ambulance is the latest tragic example of a system that is letting Victorian families down.

Furthermore, up to 20 people contacting triple-zero were left on hold for five minutes on Saturday night, during periods when as few as three staff have been available to answer emergency calls overnight over recent weeks.

The ongoing issues within triple-zero and Ambulance Victoria are not new. In April 2021, Caulfield North woman died after waiting six hours for an ambulance.

Victoria will never rebuild and recover whilst our health system continues to fall apart.

Daniel Andrews has been Premier or Health Minister for 11 of the past 15 years. No one is more responsible for the failing state of our health system than he is.

The State Government’s mismanagement and underinvestment in our emergency health system continues to have tragic consequences and is leaving Victoria even further behind.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Health, Georgie Crozier:

“Too many Victorians in need are dying waiting for an ambulance. This is the real world cost of Labor’s mismanagement.

“Instead of more of the same old spin and deflection, a Matthew Guy Liberals and Nationals Government will deliver the health system Victorians need and deserve.”

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Brad Battin:

“Victorians in need should never face a flip-of-the-coin as to whether they’ll get an answer or be put on hold when they call triple-zero.

“Victoria will never recover and rebuild whilst our emergency hotline is in disarray. A Matthew Guy Liberals and Nationals Government will put on more triple-zero staff so calls for help are answered on time.”