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Ambo time concern

ONLY a quarter of ambulance Code One callouts in the Loddon were answered within the benchmark 15 minutes, said Ripon MP Louise Staley.

Ms Staley said the April-June quarter statistic had 28.8 per cent of calls responded within the set time.

She called on the State Government to improve ambulance response times in Loddon and seven other local government areas in her electorate also below the state requirement.

Other council areas are Hepburn, Pyrenees, Ararat, Central Goldfields, Northern Grampians and Buloke

Ms Staley said the Loddon statistic was the state’s second-worst behind Indigo Shire.

“Our local paramedics, ambulance community officers, and community emergency response teams do an outstanding job protecting lives in difficult circumstances,” Ms Staley said.

“These statistics highlight the need to provide them with the resources and support they need.

“Every one of these Code One callouts represents a member of the community who is experiencing life-threatening symptoms or injuries.”

She says the ambulance ramping crisis in Victoria is also worsening, with record numbers of ambulances continuing to ramp outside hospital emergency departments.

There has also been a new record set for the number of people on Victoria’s elective surgery waitlist. Almost 67,000 Victorians are now waiting for surgery, with nearly 11,000 people added to the waitlist in the last 12 months alone.

“Worsening ambulance response times and patients languishing on surgery waitlists are evidence of a health system in crisis,” Ms Staley said.

“While patients are left waiting for lifesaving help, the Andrews Labor Government has no plan to fix our health system and end this crisis.”

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