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Coalition delivers 679 additional paramedics

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The Ambulance Victoria annual report shows Victoria has more paramedics than ever before, Minister for Health David Davis said today.

The annual report, tabled in Parliament today, shows that Ambulance Victoria met or exceeded all of its clinical targets during the year.

"The annual report noted that transfer times at metropolitan hospitals have improved considerably, due to the reforms introduced by the Victorian Coalition Government following the report from the Ambulance Transfer Taskforce," Mr Davis said.

"Victoria now has 679 more paramedics than when our Government came into office in 2010. Before coming to office, the Coalition committed to rolling out an extra 310 paramedics and 30 patient transport officers across the state but these figures clearly show the Coalition Government has well exceeded that figure.

"Since coming to office, this Government has increased ambulance funding by 23.4 per cent, to $696.5 million.

"This has meant more paramedics, more shifts and more vehicles than at any point in Victoria's history.

"The massive boost in the number of paramedics and a record number of shifts is enabling Ambulance Victoria to respond to more calls for help than ever before.

"The Productivity Commission's national Report on Government Services 12/13, released last year, found that Victoria has 43.2 qualified ambulance officers per 100,000 people, compared with the national average of 40.

"This number is now far greater, given the additional paramedics employed since that time."

Mr Davis said the increase in resources had enabled Ambulance Victoria to respond to a record 851,427 cases in 2013/14, compared with 749,136 in 2009/10.

The annual report also shows an improvement in ambulance response times, with 73.7 per cent of Code 1 cases responded to within 15 minutes – up from 73 per cent the previous year.

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