Daniel Andrews Fails to Deliver Ambulance Performance Targets
Monday 1 August
The Premier made election commitments to improve ambulance performance. More than a year into his leadership, data released today has revealed a failure by the Premier to deliver on his commitments.
On all measures ambulance performance has declined compared to both last quarter and the equivalent quarter 12 months ago.
Proportion of ambulance patient transfers within 40 minutes
i.e. total time from ambulance arrival at the hospital to the physical transfer of the patient and handover of care to hospital staff.
Result for June 2015 quarter 87.3%
Result for March 2016 quarter 88.1%
Result for June 2016 quarter 84.9%
Code 1 first response performance – statewide
Result for June 2015 quarter 12.49 minutes
Result for March 2016 quarter 13.01 minutes
Result for June 2016 quarter 13.07 minutes
Code 2 first response performance - statewide
Result for June 2015 quarter 28.13 minutes
Result for March 2016 quarter 28.09 minutes
Result for June 2016 quarter 29.18 minutes
At the Public Accounts and Estimates (PAEC) hearing in May this year, the committee heard that Code 2 response times will deteriorate while Ambulance Victoria focuses on achieving Code 1 performance targets.
What we have seen today is a dramatic drop in Code 2 performance (for ‘acute and time sensitive patients’), while Code 1 performance deteriorated as well.
Code 1 response time - by LGA
Performance deteriorated in 46 out of 79 LGAs (58%) since the last quarter.
Performance deteriorated in 52 out of 79 LGAs (66%) compared to the same quarter 12 months ago.
What Daniel Andrews used to say about ambulance response times:
“Ambulance response times are worse than ever and people are dying. Labor will end the ambulance crisis because nothing matters more than the health of our loved ones.”
Source: Daniel Andrews media release, 24/11/2014
“save the seconds that save lives.”
Source: Herald Sun 03/12/2014
Quotes Attributed to Mary Wooldridge MP, Shadow Minister for Health:
Before the election Daniel Andrews said: ‘We can’t have a situation where we ever settle for ambulance response times at 23, 24, 44 minutes – that’s not what’s acceptable in 2014.’
But as Premier, Daniel Andrews has failed to improve ambulance response times by any meaningful amount.
Based on today’s figures, Daniel Andrews has spent millions of dollars to deliver longer initial response and emergency department transfer times.
What these figures also show is that Daniel Andrews is compromising the response times for code 2 patients who are acute and time critical, for urgent code 1 cases.
If code 2 patients are to be neglected in favour of code 1 cases, this government has to be delivering big improvements to code 1 response times to justify poorer outcomes for code 2 patients.
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