Ambulance Victoria Performance statistics for 2015/16 Q4 released today have revealed that Code 1 incident response rates have again failed to improve under the Andrews Labor Government when compared to Q4 2014/15 data across Baw Baw Shire.
Mr Blackwood said that Daniel Andrews had told local communities that ambulance response times were unacceptable and that he would improve local services to ensure critical support reached Code 1 patients as a priority.
‘Todays Ambulance Victoria Performance report proves that Daniel Andrews is not serious about his commitments with regional communities,’ Mr Blackwood said.
‘After more than 18 months in Government residents across Baw Baw Shire who need urgent care as Code 1 response now wait longer for an ambulance than they did before.
‘The Baw Baw Shire is one of the fastest growing municipalities and with towns such as Drouin, Warragul, Trafalgar and Yarragon growing exponentially the Premier needs to reverse these trends now before they balloon further potentially costing lives.
‘Earlier this year Drouin received 24 hour ambulance support which was welcomed, but now it is evident that more needs to be done and I am calling on Daniel Andrews to fast track the planning and construction of a Drouin Ambulance station to support that community which has seen a drastic fall in response rate for Code 1 calls.
‘It is time Daniel Andrews stopped talking and making promises and started delivering for regional communities who need it most,’ said Mr Blackwood.
Key Statistics from Ambulance Victoria’s Performance Report 2015-16 Quarter 4
Baw Baw Shire
2014-15 Q4: 51.0% of Code 1 reports responded to within 15 minutes
2015-16 Q4: 48.7% of Code 1 reports responded to within 15 minutes
2014-15 Q4: 54.1% of Code 1 reports responded to within 15 minutes
2015-16 Q4: 40.0% of Code 1 reports responded to within 15 minutes
Full response time reports are available at http://ambulance.vic.gov.au/about-us/our-performance/