Victorians exposed as Andrews’ ambulance crisis worsens

Victorians health and safety has been placed at risk as Daniel Andrews’ neglected healthcare system buckles under growing pressure.

Last night, up to 17 ambulances ramped at the Northern Hospital in Epping, and reports on Monday night highlighted that it was taking up to ten minutes for triple-zero callers to speak to an operator.

Latest Ambulance Victoria response time data confirm that in the City of Whittlesea in Melbourne’s north, only 71.7 per cent of ambulances are reaching patients in under 15 minutes.

Furthermore, the annual response time for Code 1 incidents has blown out by 2 minutes and 49 seconds – an increase of 25.3 per cent in only 12 months.

More than 5 months after a Caulfield North woman tragically died whilst waiting more than six hours for an ambulance its clear the situation has gone from bad to worse.

No Victorian in an emergency should be facing a lucky dip if an ambulance will be able to attend or not.

Eight years ago, now Health Minister Martin Foley said "the lack of a commitment to health sees ambulances ramping in growing numbers, struggling to cope with the demand in growth, and Victorians waiting in pain on growing hospital lists." Today it is worse than ever before.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minster for Health, Georgie Crozier:

“It’s inexcusable that Daniel Andrews still hasn’t got our hospitals in shape.

“With ambulance response times getting worse, calls to 000 on hold – Victorians have been let down and placed in harm’s way.

“When it comes to saving lives, every second counts.

“More spin won’t keep Victorians from waiting for an ambulance. We need action now.”