Wimmera ambulance response times twice as long as state benchmark

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Ambulances in the Wimmera take an average of 33 minutes to respond to code one call-outs. Picture: FILE PICTHE Victorian ambulance union believes response times in the Wimmera are more than double the state benchmark.

Ambulance Employees Association of Victoria secretary Steve McGhie said ambulances in the region took an average of 33 minutes to respond to code one call-outs.

The state benchmark is 15 minutes.

Mr McGhie said the poor response times put Wimmera people at risk.

“Delays in response times put people suffering at greater risk and that’s potentially lives at risk,” he said.

“Paramedics and Victorians want that improved.”

The union data is the latest shot fired in the protracted bitter pay dispute between the union and the State Government.

The union has enacted industrial action that includes using paper patient records instead of electronic ones, and team managers releasing response time data.

Health Minister David Davis said the union was putting politics and pay packets before patient safety.

“As well as the impact on safety and well-being, we are concerned that the latest action by the union leaders will have adverse effects on patient confidentiality and public confidence,” he said.

“The union is prepared to deliberately mislead the community about the capacity of the ambulance service to respond to life-threatening situations, and in so doing could discourage people from calling an ambulance when they most need one.

“That demonstrates the union is prepared to put its political campaign ahead of sick and injured Victorians.

“I have no doubt that our state’s hard-working paramedics are appalled at the union’s attitude to patients.”

Mr Davis said union cronies were dragging out the pay dispute for political purposes.

“There is every indication that Victoria’s paramedics are happy with the pay deal that is on the table in front of them, and want their union to drop the politics and settle this dispute.”

Mr McGhie said 98 per cent of union members had voted for the work bans.

He said paramedics were overwhelmingly against the government’s pay deal.

“We had a meeting on August 22 in Melbourne where we had 500 paramedics at Victorian Trades Hall and not one voted to accept the deal,” Mr McGhie said.

“Paramedics are sick and tired and like everyone else they want to be treated appropriately and fairly.

“They deserve better wages and conditions.

“Rather than try to insult paramedics, the minister should direct his negotiators to come back to the table to try to resolve this dispute.”

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