Enough, Mr Davis

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Victoria’s ambulance crisis plunges to new depths in May

Victoria’s ambulance crisis plunged to new depths this month with the deaths of seven patients over three days as response times fell short of their targets.

The deaths occurred across Victoria, from the Gippsland Lakes region to Westernport, in metropolitan Melbourne and the Bellarine Peninsula, between the early hours of Sunday, May 4 until late on Tuesday, May 6.

In each case patients ranging in age from 30 years to 80 years suffering cardiac arrest waited more than the State Government’s 15 minute benchmark for emergency ambulance response.

“This is an appalling outcome and a disgrace for the government and Ambulance Victoria chief executive Greg Sassella,” said Danny Hill, Ambulance Employees Australia, state assistant secretary.

“The government has declared its standard, but it has failed repeatedly to resource the service so that its own policy can be met.

“This inept government is paralysed by the ambulance crisis and once again did nothing in its latest budget to fix the problems.

“Sadly, it has been shown repeatedly that under this government Victorians cannot rely on their emergency ambulance service for a timely response to a health crisis.

“David Davis has had his chances. It’s time Denis Napthine acted on behalf of all Victorians and sacked this incompetent Health Minister.”

The cases:

May 4: ambulance called at 00.12 to Wantirna South where a man, 80, suffered cardiac arrest and died after waiting 18 minutes for an ambulance.

May 4: ambulance called at 00.42 to Point Lonsdale where a man, 67, suffered cardiac arrest and died after waiting 23 minutes for an ambulance.

May 5: ambulance called at 18.41 to Hollands Landing where a man, 30, suffered cardiac arrest and died after waiting 27 minutes for an ambulance.

May 6: ambulance called at 04.17 to Reservoir where a man, 63, suffered cardiac arrest and died after waiting 17 minutes for an ambulance.

May 6: ambulance called at 10.32 to Bittern where a man, 73, suffered cardiac arrest and died after waiting 24 minutes for an ambulance.

May 6: ambulance called at 17.35 to Hastings where a man, 60, suffered cardiac arrest and died after waiting 17 minutes for an ambulance.

May 6: ambulance called at 21.10 to Brookfield where a woman, 68, suffered cardiac arrest and died after waiting 16 minutes for an ambulance.

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One Response to Enough, Mr Davis

  1. Gary Thompson says:

    The State Government have pledged many 44 gallon drums of money to replace our emergence helicopters which is wonderful. But the men and women on the ground working their fingers to the bone get nothing. How do these people sleep at night. Just think Mr. Davis, if because of the ‘stress’ of your job you should suffer a cardiac arrest during the night, you too could die waiting for our over worked ambulance crews to get to you. ‘Such a shame’.

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