Ambulances arrived at the scene of emergencies on average more than two minutes quicker in the March quarter than at the height of the ambulance crisis under the former Liberal Government, new data shows.
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Jenny Mikakos today released the March quarter of the Victorian Health and Human Services and Ambulance Victoria Performance Data, which show Code 1 ambulances arrived two minutes and 50 seconds quicker than the Liberals’ final March quarter.
State-wide results show 84.2 per cent of ambulances arrived within the benchmark 15 minutes – an improvement on 83 per cent a year prior. In 2014 when the Liberals were in power, only 73.2 per cent arrived within 15 minutes – and ambulance response times blew out to the worst on the mainland.
The City of Greater Bendigo’s times continue to improve, with ambulances arriving in 11 minutes 39 seconds, an improvement on the 11:55 arrival time a year earlier, and 80.6 per cent of Greater Bendigo’s Code 1 ambulances arrived within 15 minutes, more than the 80.4 per cent a year prior.
Ambulances are also turning out to more emergencies. Some 72,318 Code 1 callouts were made for the quarter – 5705 more compared with the same period 12 months prior, and the third highest recorded since Ambulance Victoria’s response model reforms, which free up ambulances for emergencies.
Ambulances arrived at emergencies within an average 11:04 minutes in the three months to the end of March, up from 11:23 a year prior.
In Greater Bendigo, ambulances responded to 1637 Code 1 calls, up on the 1380 call-outs in the March quarter 2018.
The improvements are thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s $500 million investment in ambulance services, including an additional 450 paramedics, extra vehicles, new resources and new and upgraded ambulance branches.
Our dedicated paramedics provide life-saving treatment to those who need it most when an emergency strikes. They deserve our support so they can do what they do best.
The quarterly data also shows our public health services are providing world-class care, despite Canberra’s $305 million claw back from Victoria’s hospitals – cuts that are hurting patients, nurses and doctors across the state.
Our hospitals did 689 more elective surgeries in the March quarter than they did a year prior and treated 89.6 per cent of all elective surgery patients within their benchmark times – up by 1.2 per cent, and the best March quarter result on record.
Bendigo Hospital reduced its elective surgery waiting list by 164 patients, down from 1269 in the March quarter last year.
More than half of Bendigo’s Category 1 urgent elective patients were treated within 14 days – well under the benchmark target of 30 days.
Bendigo treated 87.4 per cent of all elective surgery patients within their benchmark times – up by 2.2 per cent on a year earlier.
As noted by Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Jenny Mikakos
“We can thank our local hard-working paramedics, doctors, nurses and other health professionals for continuing to improve our health and emergency services.”
As noted by Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan
“Our local ambulance services are transporting more urgent cases and our hospitals are treating more patients despite Canberra’s cuts – cuts that are hurting patients, nurses and doctors across the state.”
As noted by Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards
“Under the Liberals, lives were at risk because ambulances weren’t arriving at critical emergencies fast enough – we’ve fixed their mess.”