My question is to the Ambulance Services Minister, and follows an 18 November Herald Sun article.
That article contained commentary from Ambulance Victoria insiders and the ambulance union about dangerous, life-threatening increases in ambulance response times and worsening shortages in the availability of suitable responders, with very specific reference to the Loddon Mallee region in my electorate.
Former Minister Mikakos answered a number of my previous questions on these issues by noting (not unreasonably) the Andrews Government’s significantly increased funding for ambulance services.
However, it is clear that – irrespective of that funding – the already serious problems in ambulance services in my electorate are now deteriorating even further.
I therefore ask: what specific actions will the Government be taking from this point forward to urgently and sustainably improve ambulance response times and the availability of suitably trained paramedics in Northern Victoria?