Only Labor will end the Ambulance crisis

An Andrews Labor Government will end Victoria’s ambulance crisis with a $100 million plan to reduce response times, resolve the pay dispute, upgrade facilities and treat paramedics with respect, so they can save lives.

Under the Liberals, ambulance response times are worse than ever but instead of fixing the crisis, the Liberals have waged a war on our hardworking paramedics.

On average Berwick residents are looking at a wait of over 14 minutes, Hampton Park residents will be left waiting for 12.58 minutes and Narre Warren residents face an agonising 13.55 minute wait.

To fix this mess Labor will establish a $60 million Response Time Rescue Fund to support initiatives that free up ambulances for our sickest patients including allowing paramedics to organise alternative transport and care for less urgent patients.

Labor will also invest $20 million to upgrade ambulance stations and $20 million to upgrade vehicles and equipment, with five new Complex Patient Ambulance Vehicles added to the fleet so the system remains world-class.

The truth about the ambulance crisis will also be revealed as Labor will release local response times by branch, locality and local government area instead of burying the information behind FOI refusals and weak excuses.

Ms Graley said that instead of supporting our hard working paramedics the Liberals had abandoned them, endangering the lives of local residents.

“Our ambulance service is in crisis, local residents are waiting longer than ever before to receive treatment and instead of fixing this mess, the Liberals attack our paramedics,”

“Labor will stop the abuse, we will work with our paramedics, provide them with the support they need and ensure local residents can have faith that an ambulance will turn up in a reasonable amount of time,”

“We will work together to ensure that the health and wellbeing of local families is always put first.”