9 December 2020

Member for Northern Victoria, Tania Maxwell MP has questioned the Ambulance Services Minister over reports of dangerous, life-threatening increases in ambulance response times and worsening shortages in the availability of suitable responders, particularly in the Loddon Mallee region.

Ms Maxwell said that it is becoming increasingly clear that the already serious problems in ambulance services in the Northern Victoria electorate are deteriorating even further.

Ms Maxwell has asked the Minister to outline what specific actions the Government will be taking to urgently and sustainably improve ambulance response times, as well as ensure the adequate availability of suitably trained paramedics in Northern Victoria.

Quotes attributable to Tania Maxwell MP:

 “We know that fast response times for code one incidents are critical to patient outcomes.”

“Regional communities deserve an equitable service to metro areas and that means adapting services to meet their needs and I will continue to bring these issues to the attention of the Government.”

“These ongoing problems with ambulance resourcing and response times are worrying.  It’s simply not good enough that, in some regional communities, ambulance response times are not meeting the required benchmark.”