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

Public safety at risk over cardiac calls: Firefighters

Original article by Nino Bucci
The Age – Page: 9 : 28-Jul-14

The Fair Work Commission is hearing a dispute between the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and the United Firefighters Union in Victoria. The latter had during the 2013-14 summer argued that its members were not properly prepared to attend to cardiac arrest calls during a record heatwave. The MBF had wanted to roster an additional 30 staff, as 300 such emergencies were forecast. Firefighters accompany Ambulance Victoria paramedics to all incidents where patients have stopped breathing

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UNITED FIREFIGHTERS’ UNION OF AUSTRALIA, METROPOLITAN FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES BOARD, MELBOURNE METROPOLITAN FIRE BRIGADE, AMBULANCE VICTORIA FIRST AID, AUSTRALIA. FAIR WORK COMMISSION

Tougher penalties for attacks on police

Original article by Jane Lee, Richard Willingham, Nino Bucci
The Age – Page: 2 : 26-Jun-14

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has announced a tightening of laws protecting emergency service workers. Under the changes first foreshadowed in 2010, a minimum prison sentence of three years will be imposed on those who attack police officers, paramedics, firefighters, protective services officers, State Emergency Services workers, on-duty lifesavers or hospital emergency department staff. Attorney-General Robert Clark notes that the number of such assaults is rising due to drug and alcohol abuse, with close to 2,500 reported cases in 2012-13

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VICTORIA. OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL, VICTORIA. DEPT OF PREMIER AND CABINET, VICTORIA. STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE, THE POLICE ASSOCIATION OF VICTORIA, AMBULANCE VICTORIA FIRST AID, AMBULANCE EMPLOYEES AUSTRALIA