Ambulance waiting times getting longer

Original article by Julia Medew, Craig Butt
The Age – Page: 2 : 10-Dec-14

A court bid under Freedom of Information laws has resulted in the paramedics’ union gaining access to statistics kept by Ambulance Victoria. The data show that ambulance response times have deteriorated, with 86,739 patients in a serious condition having to wait more than a quarter of an hour in 2013. This was equivalent to some 28% of all such cases, and an increase from the 19% recorded in the 2010 study by the Victorian Auditor-General. The newly-elected State Government has vowed to lift spending on the ambulance service by $A100m

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AMBULANCE VICTORIA FIRST AID, AMBULANCE EMPLOYEES AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA. DEPT OF HEALTH, VICTORIA. AUDITOR-GENERAL’S OFFICE, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Ambulance waiting times getting longer

Original article by Julia Medew, Craig Butt
The Age – Page: 2 : 10-Dec-14

A court bid under Freedom of Information laws has resulted in the paramedics’ union gaining access to statistics kept by Ambulance Victoria. The data show that ambulance response times have deteriorated, with 86,739 patients in a serious condition having to wait more than a quarter of an hour in 2013. This was equivalent to some 28% of all such cases, and an increase from the 19% recorded in the 2010 study by the Victorian Auditor-General. The newly-elected State Government has vowed to lift spending on the ambulance service by $A100m

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AMBULANCE VICTORIA FIRST AID, AMBULANCE EMPLOYEES AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA. DEPT OF HEALTH, VICTORIA. AUDITOR-GENERAL’S OFFICE, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Ambulance told to release response data

Original article by Kate Hagan
The Age – Page: 10 : 21-Oct-14

Victorian Freedom of Information Commissioner Lynne Bertolini has sided with the Ambulance Employees Australia union, and ruled that Ambulance Victoria should make public data on its response times for patients suffering heart attacks. An appeal to the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal is possible, and the deadline of 60 days means that the information will likely not become available until after the November 2014 state election

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AMBULANCE VICTORIA FIRST AID, AMBULANCE EMPLOYEES AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA. OFFICE OF THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION COMMISSIONER, VICTORIA. AUDITOR-GENERAL’S OFFICE, VICTORIA. CIVIL AND ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNAL

Court bid to suppress ambo data

Original article by Julia Medew
The Age – Page: 2 : 29-Sep-14

The Victorian Government’s target for paramedic response times in code one emergencies is 15 minutes in 90% of cases. However, internal data suggest that the actual figures are between 18 and 42 minutes across all of the state’s districts. Ambulance Victoria only releases a statewide average, and claims a rate of 73% for 15 minutes. It is seeking a suppression order in the Federal Court, after the paramedics union vowed to leak the real data to the media as part of an industrial dispute over pay and conditions

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AMBULANCE VICTORIA FIRST AID, AMBULANCE EMPLOYEES AUSTRALIA, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA