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Wednesday, 21 August 2013


Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards said today that having ten ambulances ramped at Bendigo Health on Monday afternoon was evidence that the ambulance crisis in the Bendigo region was reaching critical levels.

Ms Edwards said that as a result of the ten ambulances ramping at Bendigo, a Castlemaine ambulance was required to transfer a patient to Melbourne but had to be diverted back to Castlemaine to attend a motor vehicle accident, with their patient on board.

Meanwhile at the same time a young child with suspected spinal injuries was forced to wait 50 minutes for an ambulance from Heathcote, which left the town of Heathcote without ambulance coverage for two and a half hours.

“How much more evidence does Denis Napthine and his Health Minister David Davis need before they concede that this is unacceptable and that demand has again stretched ambulance resources to the limit”.

“It is becoming more and more evident that the State Government is failing to address this growing crisis and continue to deny it or blame someone else”.

“It is time the Health Minister let the people of Bendigo and the region know if and when the Liberal National Government will fund additional ambulance resources to our region”.

“Having ten ambulances ramped at Bendigo Health puts people’s lives at risk and still the Liberal National Government ignores this problem”.

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