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Wednesday, 4 July 2012

HEALTH MINISTER IGNORES REQUEST FOR INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO BENDIGO REGION AMBULANCE RESOURCING- EDWARDS

HEALTH MINISTER IGNORES REQUEST FOR INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO BENDIGO REGION AMBULANCE RESOURCING- EDWARDS

The Victorian Health Minister David Davis has ignored a request by Member for Bendigo West on behalf of concerned constituents to conduct an independent inquiry into the Bendigo and region ambulance service.

Ms Edwards wrote to the Health Minister following concerns to her office from concerned constituents regarding the ongoing problems with ambulance delays and lack of resources in the Bendigo area (copy enclosed).

“The Health Minister has chosen to ignore the request and failed to even acknowledge the concerns raised by my constituents”.

“This letter represents a party political broadcast rather than a genuine response to concerns raised by members of the community” (copy enclosed).

“All I have received from the Minister is a diatribe of complaints, lots of finger pointing and him playing the blame game but nothing to suggest that the Baillieu Ryan Government intends to conduct an independent investigation now or in the future or to consider additional resources for the region”.

“This is a disgraceful response from a Minister of the Crown”.

“I have never seen such a shameful response to a genuine letter of concern raised on behalf of the people I represent”.

“The Minister should know that the letter was sent because there have been incidents where the ambulance service has been stretched to the limit in the Region, and I have put to the Minister what my constituents have said over and over - that this can only be addressed by an independent inquiry and by putting more ambulance vehicles on the road”.

“While putting on additional paramedics, which was also a Labor priority, is a good thing it is pointless if they do not have the vehicles at their disposal to attend emergencies”.

“The ambulance officers do a fantastic job despite this under resourcing and they should be congratulated for their efforts”.

“It’s time the Minister for Health looked beyond politicising an issue that is of serious concern to many of my constituents, and gave a decent response to how his Liberal National Government plans to fix these issues”.

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