The Napthine Government has gagged Ambulance Victoria from publishing figures on a website that would show ambulance response times and provide the community with up-to-date information about how bad the crisis in the ambulance system has become, Christine Campbell, Member for Pascoe Vale said today.
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Ms Christine Campbell, MP, Member for Pascoe Vale has worked tirelessly since 2005 to ensure the Edgars Creek Parkland remains out of developer’s hands as a beautifully maintained public open space.
I speak on this bill with immense pleasure mixed with immense shame because it is so limited. For a start, it is important that we begin the process of ensuring that domestic builders are under the control of appropriate regulation, and this piece of legislation brings in a framework that will assist in establishing a better framework, but it is a minuscule matter.
Ms CAMPBELL (Pascoe Vale) -- 'Spine-chilling' is the term I would use to describe the ambulance response times for my electorate of Pascoe Vale. Within my electorate I have a parent who is 82 and another who is 89, and the response time figures are appalling under the Napthine government. The number of ambulances arriving at the scene of a life-threatening emergency within 15 minutes has dropped to 74.8 per cent, which represents a blow-out of almost 6 per cent since 2010.
The situation is so much worse than it was when Labor was in government, and it has got even worse in the past six months. If you look at the response times for the Coburg, Hadfield and Oak Park ambulance branches, you see a deterioration of the average response time by 1.47, 3.1 and 2.43 minutes respectively since the election in 2010. If you have a stroke, suffer an aneurysm or have a heart attack, every second counts, or so the government claims in its advertising. Yet it is doing nothing. The ambulance service is going backwards under the Napthine government. It is appalling, and I blame its ineptitude in failing to deliver an appropriate health budget, where $616 million has been cut.