LEADING THE WAY IN RECORD LOW AMBULANCE WAIT TIMES

Ambulances are responding faster to life-threatening emergencies in the Mitchell, Shepparton and Strathbogie local government areas, while elective surgery waiting lists around the State are at record lows.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, said the latest performance data released today shows the Andrews Labor Government’s major health funding boosts and reforms to Victoria’s ambulance system are delivering big benefits to Mitchell, Shepparton and Strathbogie patients when they need it most.

Across the state, 83.8 per cent of all Code One urgent ambulances are arriving at emergencies within 15 minutes. On average, ambulances arrived 11 minutes and 12 seconds after being called out – that’s 38 seconds faster than the same quarter one year prior and 2 minutes and 41 seconds faster than during the height of the ambulance crisis under the Liberals.

In the Mitchell Shire, we are seeing more improvement, with 66.9 per cent of ambulances now arriving within 15 minutes for Code One emergencies, up from 57.7 per cent a year earlier.

The average time for an ambulance to reach the scene of a Code One emergency in Mitchell over the same period has improved from 15:39 minutes to 13:36 minutes.

For Goulburn Valley Health, the data shows the hospital:

  • Reduced the number of patients on the elective surgery waiting list – from 759 at the end of the March quarter to 587 at the end of June.
  • Admitted 815 patients from the elective surgery waiting list for the June quarter.
  • Provided elective surgery to 100 per cent of Category 1 urgent patients within the benchmark 30 days – and more than half within eight days.
  • Provided elective surgery to 82 per cent of Category 2 semi-urgent patients within the benchmark 90 days in the June quarter – up by 5 per cent from three months earlier.

In the City of Greater Shepparton, we are seeing more improvement, with 83.7 per cent of ambulances now arriving within 15 minutes for Code One emergencies, up from 80.6 per cent a year earlier.

The average time for an ambulance to reach the scene of a Code One emergency in Shepparton over the same period has improved from 11:32 minutes to 11:16 minutes.

In the Strathbogie Shire, we are seeing more improvement, with 41.2 per cent of ambulances now arriving within 15 minutes for Code One emergencies, up from 36.6 per cent a year earlier.

The average time for an ambulance to reach the scene of a Code One emergency in Strathbogie over the same period has improved from 20:02 minutes to 18:58 minutes.

The statewide data also shows 86.7 per cent of patients arriving by ambulance were transferred into hospital care within 40 minutes – up from 85.1 per cent the previous quarter. More than half were handed into the care of doctors and nurses within 19 minutes.

“This is great news for Mitchell, Shepparton and Strathbogie patients,” Ms Symes said.

“Ambulances are arriving faster at emergencies and hospitals are better equipped to give patients the high-quality care that they deserve.

“Elective surgery waiting lists broke the 50,000 barrier under the Liberals and Nationals and our ambulance system was in crisis.

“Now our hospitals and our ambulance service are performing better than ever before.”

Victoria’s elective surgery waiting lists at June 30 had dropped to 36,096 patients – that’s the lowest number on record, and a major improvement from the record high 50,054 waiting for surgery when the Liberals and Nationals were in power.

Under the Liberals and Nationals, only 79.2 per cent of patients received their surgery in the recommended time, but that number has increased to 90.2 per cent.

The results are thanks to the Labor Government’s record investments, which have seen hospitals receive multi-million-dollar boosts, more paramedics join the front line, more ambulances hit the road and more ambulance stations where they’re needed.

They stand in stark contrast to the former Liberal National Government – who went to war with our paramedics and slashed $1 billion from our health system, leaving patients waiting too long for life-saving care and languishing on waiting lists.