MORE AMBULANCES IN MANSFIELD SHIRE ARRIVING SOONER

Code 1 ambulance response times across Victoria hit 81 per cent in the last quarter – an improvement of six percentage points on the same period last year and the best June quarter result on record.

The Andrews Labor Government’s elective surgery blitz has also delivered, with an end of year waitlist of 36,839 – a phenomenal result given two additional health services have been added to the list last year. If these services had not been added, our waitlist would be the lowest on record and 1,747 lower than last year’s record result.

Despite record demand for emergency, elective surgery and ambulance services, more Victorians are receiving faster care across the system.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today released the latest ambulance and hospital performance data.

In the Mansfield Shire, ambulances response times are improving, with 37.2 per cent of ambulances now arriving within 15 minutes for Code One emergencies, up from 34.1 per cent six months ago.

That means the average response time for an ambulance to reach the scene of a Code One emergency in the Mansfield Shire has improved from 28:22 minutes to 25:51 minutes.

“Labor is making sure more Victorians – no matter where they live – get the care they need faster,” Ms Symes said.

“Our ambulance and health services are in the frontline giving patients the first class care they need and deserve, when they need it.

“Our paramedics are getting to patients faster – when only minutes stand between life or death for some of our patients.

“Our elective surgery blitz is making a real difference with more patients coming off waiting lists and into the operating theatre sooner.”

Improved performance across the state is a result of reforms over the past 18 months and the Labor Government’s $500 million plan to improve ambulance responses times, employ 450 paramedics, buy new vehicles and build more ambulance stations to meet the growing needs of the Victorian community.

Our record investments in health and hospitals are also delivering better care, sooner for Victorians.