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

Ambulances miss urgent cases target

Original article by Kate Hagan
The Age – Page: 2 : 16-Oct-14

State Parliament on 15 October 2014 heard of the latest performance data for Ambulance Victoria. It had 321,839 code-one emergency call-outs during 2013-14 and responded to 73.7% of these within a quarter of an hour. The target is 85%, and in 2009-10 the most recent high was 80.7%. The organisation blames the more complex health problems of an ageing population, saying paramedics are now spending more time on each case. Health Minister David Davis noted that the figure was up from 73% in 2012-13, while Ambulance Employees Australia state secretary Steve McGhie criticised the Government

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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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